Mineta announces $54 million in grants to border states

| 6/6/2002

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta has announced $54 million in grants to help ensure the safe operation of Mexico-domiciled commercial motor vehicles in the United States and improve traffic flow at border crossings in the four border states.

The funds will be distributed among Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas under the DOT's Border Infrastructure Program. Of the $54 million, $2.1 million will be awarded to Arizona; $8.9 million to California; $2.2 million to New Mexico; and $40.8 million to Texas.

The program will fund construction of eight new commercial motor vehicle safety inspection facilities at the Texas border. It also includes final construction of an automated port of entry at the Santa Teresa, NM, border crossing that will increase the number of commercial motor vehicle safety inspections. In addition, funds will be used to build additional inspection bays and parking areas for out-of-service vehicles at the commercial vehicle enforcement facility at Calexico, CA.