San Ysidro Port of Entry

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 is currently under construction, it will include the construction of the administration & pedestrian building.  And phase 3 will be completed by June 2019, it will include I-5 Southbound connection to Chaparral and Southbound Inspection facilities.

GSA San Ysidro POE Phase 3 Project Presentation “San Diego Regional Briefing, I-5 South Realignment Communications Plan” and web link:

  • “San Ysidro Regional Briefing, I-5 South Realignment Communication Plan” Presentation (Click Here)

  • GSA Realign Project Web link:

GSA San Ysidro POE Fact Sheet: