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Busy US-Mexico border crossing reopens ahead of schedule

September 25, 2017
FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, heavy machinery and construction crews works on California's Interstate 5 on the first day of a 57-hour closure of all Mexico-bound car traffic at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego, Calif. U.S. officials reopened the freeway lanes to Tijuana, Mexico early Monday, Sept. 25, at the U.S. border crossing ahead of schedule after a weekend shutdown for work on a $741 million expansion project. California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Caridad Sanchez said traffic began flowing again just after midnight. It connects San Diego to Tijuana. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, file photo, heavy machinery and construction crews works on California's Interstate 5 on the first day of a 57-hour closure of all Mexico-bound car traffic at the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego, Calif. U.S. officials reopened the freeway lanes to Tijuana, Mexico early Monday, Sept. 25, at the U.S. border crossing ahead of schedule after a weekend shutdown for work on a $741 million expansion project. California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Caridad Sanchez said traffic began flowing again just after midnight. It connects San Diego to Tijuana. (AP Photo/Elliot Spagat, File)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The busiest border crossing in the United States reopened ahead of schedule Monday after a weekend shutdown for work on a $741 million expansion project.

Traffic began flowing again just after midnight on southbound Interstate 5 and connecting freeways at the San Ysidro Port of Entry connecting San Diego to Tijuana, said California Department of Transportation spokeswoman Caridad Sanchez.

The crossing shut down at 3 a.m. Saturday and the closure had been scheduled to last until noon on Monday.

The expansion was believed to be the largest renovation of a crossing along the nearly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) U.S.-Mexico border. It has been in the works for years to ease congestion and boost cross-border commerce.

There were no significant delays during the closure of all Mexico-bound car traffic at the San Ysidro border crossing, where about 50,000 cars and 20,000 pedestrians go back and forth on weekdays.

Motorists were directed east to the much-smaller Otay Mesa crossing.

U.S. officials repeatedly warned travelers to avoid driving to Tijuana from San Diego during the shutdown.

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