DOT grants $54 million to border states

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The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing $54 million to the states on the Mexican border for projects that the DOT says will help ensure the safe operation of Mexican-based trucks in the United States, and improve traffic flow at the border crossings. 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 money will be used to help build eight new truck inspection facilities at the border in Texas. Another project the money will complete is an automated port of entry at the Santa Teresa, N.M., border crossing that will increase the number of truck inspections that can be conducted at the facility. Also, additional inspection bays and parking areas for out-of-service vehicles will be built at the commercial vehicle enforcement facility at Calexico, Calif.