U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta announced a
total of $44.2 million in grants to improve border truck inspection facilities
in four states to check trucks as they enter the United States.
Officials announced $31.2 million in grants for Texas and
New Mexico at a news conference in El Paso, TX.
DOT also announced another $13 million in grants for Arizona
border facilities in Nogales, San Luis and Douglas. Of that, California will
receive $8 million for improvements at its Tecate inspection site.
“These grants give our border safety inspectors the
facilities they need to make sure that trucks crossing into the United States
are safe for our roads and highways,” Mineta said.
The money will be used to pay for land for the construction
of new inspection stations or to construct or upgrade existing facilities and
equipment to handle growing truck traffic along the border, he added.