- Associated Press - Monday, March 31, 2014

COLUMBUS, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico’s first, historic port of entry is awaiting a much needed facelift.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://goo.gl/30rtuQ) that the border crossing at Columbus is scheduled to receive $7.4 million to fund the design phase of a planned $66 million expansion. The port of entry shares a border with Palomas, Mexico.

Two of New Mexico’s three border crossings have received updates in recent years - Antelope Wells and Santa Teresa - while the 25-year-old Columbus port has been neglected.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say Columbus needs an expanded and modernized facility to handle growing pedestrian traffic and the high season of commercial traffic from August to January. That’s when the number of trucks carrying agricultural products from Mexico increases.

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