EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — A small border crossing with a wooden bridge that had deteriorated will reopen to vehicle traffic on Friday.
The Fort Hancock-El Porvenir International Bridge connects Fort Hancock, Texas and El Porvenir, Chihuahua, approximately 56 miles southeast of El Paso.
In February 2021, the U.S. and Mexican sections of the International Boundary and Water Commission closed the bridge to vehicular traffic due to the deterioration of the wooden piers that support the bridge.
Since then, the IBWC US Section has covered the piers with concrete to support the bridge as it works to determine a permanent solution.
The bridge will reopen to vehicle traffic from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, starting Friday.
The IBWC built the Fort Hancock–El Porvenir International Bridge in 1937. The small, lightweight bridge is 510 feet long and has two 8-foot-wide lanes.
The IBWC oversees joint water resources with Mexico and enforces border treaties.