A massive storm is responsible for structural damage to the Laredo World Trade Bridge between Laredo, Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico – a key commercial border crossing between the US and Mexico.
The storm registered winds as high as 80 mph, led to power outages and flooding, and caused structural damage a long a 6-mile path, including at the World Trade Bridge according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The bridge has been closed and all traffic is being re-directed to Colombia Solidarity Bridge.
Expect delays on freight crossing into Mexico, strains on northbound capacity, and the possibility of additional fees.
Response/Contingency Efforts Underway:
- Clear debris from the Laredo World Trade Bridge in order to establish a dedicated lane for southbound, empty commercial trucks to cross into Mexico.
- Alleviate delays at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge by adjusting security procedures, opening additional lanes, and extending operating hours.
- Suspend the tolls at Columbia road to IH 35 effective immediately until further notice
Odyssey will continue to monitor conditions and report updates as additional information is made available.