safety officials say they won't build a separate temporary inspection
facility at Laredo's World Trade Bridge because of opposition from
the city of Laredo, the Express-News Border Bureau reports.
The Texas Department
of Public Safety will still inspect trucks as they enter the United
States at the World Trade Bridge, but it scrapped plans to build
the separate facility there after the city filed a lawsuit in September
contesting the proposed site.
Like the other
inspection stations between Brownsville and El Paso, it was to be
a temporary facility that could do the job for a few years until
permanent stations were built.
safety inspections are mandated for long-haul trucks, but because
they will be done at border crossings, they also will apply to the
short-haul transfer truck traffic that has operated for years without
such scrutiny within a 20-mile commercial zone on both sides of
That will needlessly
snarl traffic already slowed by homeland security measures at the
bridge, city officials say.
trucks make up the bulk of the 4,000 daily truck crossings at the
World Trade Bridge, and Laredo officials argue the state safety
inspections should be on the highway north of the city, where the
long-haul trucks can be isolated.
Betty Flores wants the inspection station to be built alongside
a new Immigration and Naturalization Service checkpoint planned
for a site 25 miles north of Laredo on I-35.