Closing of San Ysidro Crossing This Weekend Likely to Bring Gridlock, ‘Terrible Traffic Delays’

As seen from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter, vehicles line up to enter from Mexico into the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry on May 11, 2017, in San Diego. (Credit: John Moore / Getty Images)

As seen from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection helicopter, vehicles line up to enter from Mexico into the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry on May 11, 2017, in San Diego. (Credit: John Moore / Getty Images)

Anyone thinking about visiting our neighbors south of the border this weekend might want to go on foot.

The San Ysidro port of entry closed to traffic traveling from the U.S. to Mexico at 3 a.m. Saturday morning and will remain shut until noon Monday. Southbound traffic crossing into Mexico is expected to reach maximum gridlock if people don’t make other plans. All cars that normally would pass through the busiest port of entry in the world will be funneled through Otay Mesa.

“If everyone who crosses on a daily basis or a weekend basis crosses, we’re going to have really terrible traffic delays going into Mexico,” said Anthony Kleppe, a senior asset manager with the U.S. General Services Administration.

Authorities have likened the weekend shut down to “Carmageddon,” when part of the 405 Freeway in Los Angeles was closed for a weekend in 2011.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.