$400M NM border railroad project may open in 2014

Posted at: 12/25/2013 8:37 AM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA TERESA, N.M. (AP) — A $400 million Union Pacific railroad facility near a young New Mexico border town could open next year.

Union Pacific spokesman Aaron Hunt said Tuesday that construction near Santa Teresa is ahead of schedule and the facility could be operational in 2014.

Hunt says more than 50 contractors are involved in the project and there is an average of 250 workers on site daily.

The Santa Teresa-San Jeronimo region is still young and development there only started after the Santa Teresa Port of Entry opened in 1993. The New Mexico Border Authority said last year that the port of entry processed more than 81,000 commercial trucks — 13 percent higher than any year on record.

The region's growth has been a keystone to plans by Gov. Susana Martinez for New Mexico economic expansion.

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