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Biden-Harris Administration Announces Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Awards at Three Texas Land Ports

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November 10, 2022

Award of contracts for design studies at LPOE Bridge of the Americas and Brownsville-Gateway and paving design at Ysleta LPOE

WASHINGTON — The United States General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded three contracts for projects funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Projects at Texas land ports of entry. These projects will help modernize our land ports of entry to improve safety and security, strengthen our supply chains and reduce costs for American families.

At the Brownsville-Gateway Land Port of Entry (LPOE) in Brownsville, Jacobs Technology, Inc. was awarded a $4.6 million contract to conduct a program development study. The study is a technical analysis of the modernization and expansion project proposed for the port in order to define the existing conditions, identify the program requirements and implement a plan and schedule to achieve the goals and objectives of the project.

At the LPOE Bridge of the Americas in El Paso, Richter Associates was awarded a contract to perform an enhanced feasibility study. GSA awarded the $820,000 contract for the study under the 8(a) program for small businesses to determine future workplace needs based on projected requirements and identify viable alternatives for future selection. The GSA also awarded Richter Associates a $115,000 design contract for the Ysleta Land Port of Entry paving project. This project will improve day-to-day port operations by repairing deteriorated roads.

“US land ports are vital to our economy and security, with billions of dollars worth of goods and services crossing our borders every day,” said GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan. “As we approach the first anniversary of the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, we are more determined than ever to modernize our inland ports in a way that creates well-paying jobs and strengthens supply chains, while improving safety and Security.”

“Investing in our land ports of entry helps the GSA support US Customs and Border Protection and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration,” said Acting Regional Administrator Giancarlo Brizzi. “These projects will allow us to better support CBP’s mission to secure our borders while strengthening the US economy.

Bridge of the Americas and Brownsville-Gateway are two of 26 major LPOE construction and upgrade projects funded by the bipartisan Infrastructure Act. The Ysleta LPOE is one of 21 paving projects also financed by BIL. The bipartisan Infrastructure Act will provide funds to modernize and improve the LPOEs at the northern and southern borders. Improvements to these facilities will provide tremendous capacity for pedestrians and cross-border travelers, while supporting the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection to maintain a safe and secure border.

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About GSA: GSA provides centralized and shared procurement services for the federal government, manages a nationwide real estate portfolio of nearly 370 million leasable square feet, oversees approximately $75 billion in annual contracts, and provides technology services that serve millions of people in dozens of federal jurisdictions. agencies. GSA’s mission is to provide the best customer experience and value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and the American people.

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