PHARR, Texas – Cars are overheating and gas tanks are empty at the Anzalduas International Bridge as wait times exceed four hours. This comes after officials say Pharr’s International Bridge closed due to Customs and Border Protection assisting Border Patrol agents with the mass migration influx.
Cars are stationary and have remained that way for the past 5 hours. McAllen Bridge employees are having to bring drivers fuel to get through the line. Officials say the Anzalduas Bridge processes an average of 12,000 travelers daily who only wait an hour but that number has now increased by 65 percent.
“Well there’s a couple of factors, one of them is that there’s a shortage of personnel with CBP which is beyond our control. The next one is Pharr recently decided that over the next week or couple of weeks that they were not going to accept passenger vehicles during certain hours so that’s elevating travelers to different bridges, specially this one.”
McAllen Bridge employess are handing travelers water and offering shuttle rides to the restroom for those waiting long hours to cross the border. Mission Police is also assisting vehicles that are overheating and need fuel.
“The best advice that I can give them is to travel early in the morning. I’d also like to apologize for the long wait time, it’s beyond our control but we feel very bad that they’re having to wait excessively on the bridge.”
CBP officials say it is still unclear when the Pharr Bridge will reopen. Officials say construction for an additional two lanes at the Anzalduas Bridge will begin within the next three months.