A US-Mexico border crossing between the US and the border city of Ciudad Juarez is getting a makeover after construction workers spent weeks working on the project.
The city council voted Monday to approve a $6 million federal grant to build a new border crossing on a small parcel of land along the California border with Texas.
The new bridge would be the tallest in the US, and would cross a creek that empties into a river in the desert near Ciudat Juarez.
The $6.8 million project is part of the U.S.-Mexico border infrastructure initiative that President Donald Trump and his administration are touting as an investment in American-Mexico relations.
The border crossing is a key link for hundreds of thousands of people who cross into the United States daily to seek employment and education.
Construction crews spent more than a year clearing away tree trunks and construction debris in an area that was designated as an archaeological site.
It will be used to test concrete barriers to ensure the crossing is secure and secure for all future visitors, city officials said.
The barrier will also be installed to guard against illegal crossers.
The project is expected to take about six months to complete, and is scheduled to open in 2019.