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California backs pedestrian-only border crossing

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In spring 2021, the notorious Mendoza Line will be a thing of the past as the final stretch of border barrier is put in place, paving the way for a pedestrian corridor on Interstate 8.

In spring 2021, the notorious Mendoza Line will be a thing of the past as the final stretch of border barrier is put in place, paving the way for a pedestrian corridor on Interstate 8.

The design that will be turned into the new pedestrian route was the fourth option that could be advanced. State officials say the new route will not contain any roadwork. According to the California Department of Transportation, the new footway will be separated from other lanes in the driving lane by guardrails and 4-foot trees.

While the move has prompted praise from business leaders, the plan has also been heavily criticized, with critics saying the route is an unfunded project and money can be better spent elsewhere.

The state has yet to determine exactly how much the pedestrian route will cost, but officials are confident they will be able to get the project underway within three years. In the interim, the state is looking to offer low-interest loans to help pay for the project.

Photos: Border Network for Human Rights – What’s being built?

The bond measure which passed in November 2017 called for $15 billion in funding and 27 miles of pedestrian-only fencing along the border. The measure included funding to advance pre-existing border-enhancement projects and develop low-cost options for border security and law enforcement. Gov. Jerry Brown highlighted the prioritization of pedestrian-only fencing on I-8 to help make the southern border more convenient.

“As our economy continues to grow, the daily commercial flow of goods and goods into California increases, and our state attracts new people to share our wonderful lifestyle, we also need to protect our land, our citizens and our economy from any potential threats of illegal immigration, drugs, and terrorism,” Brown said in a statement last year.

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