San Ysidro Point of Entry

San Ysidro POEWhere:

San Ysidro

Description of Project

The San Ysidro Port of Entry is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere. It processes approximately 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians per day. Currently, there are 6 soutbound lanes and 24 northbound lanes. A recent SANDAG study estimates an 87% increase in vehicular traffic in San Ysidro by the year 2030.

In order to accommodate this growth, the General Services Administration will conduct a complete reconfiguration and expansion of the existing port. Once complete, the San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) project will expand to 34 northbound lanes and 19 southbound lanes.  The project will also expand pedestrian processing facilities, include a pedestrian path and additional inspection stations. The new LPOE will have improved processing facilities   Current vehicular wait times at the LPOE are at two hours. The project intends to lower these wait times to 30 minutes.

The General Services Administration strives to build a facility that will reduce the LPOE’s carbon footprint. The new facilities are designed to received LEED Platinum certification and Net Zero Energy Status.

The project is divided into three phases. Phase 1 (fully funded), will include the construction of a pedestrian bridge, northbound vehicular inspection facilities, and southbound pedestrian crossing. Phase I should be fully completed by late 2014. Phases 2 and 3, which are still unfunded, will include the construction of the administration & pedestrian building, and I-5 South and Southbound Inspection facilities.

Visioning Plan

This project promotes jobs and the economy in the San Diego region. The POE promotes commerce, trade and mobility across the U.S.-Mexico border. 67% of survey respondents preferred the action, “ensure easy travel across the border for people and goods.”

Related Actions

  • Encourage investment on both sides of the border
  • Alleviate congestion at nearby Ports of Entry
  • Ensure access to major community amenities


GSA San Ysidro POE Fact Sheet:

Final Environmental Impact Statement  :

San Ysidro Mobility Study (2010):

San Ysidro ULI article:

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