Brownsville, Texas

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Location Detail
Location Detail
Gateway International Bridge
Gateway International Bridge


This passenger vehicle and pedestrian crossing has two bridges, with a total of four lanes. One bridge has two lanes for southbound traffic, while the other has two lanes for northbound traffic. Commercial vehicles are no longer allowed on either bridge.

The crossing is also known locally as El Puente, Puente Nuevo and Puerta México.


This crossing stopped processing northbound commercial vehicles on April 30, 1999. Southbound commercial vehicles were stopped on February 28, 2001. At that time, all commercial vehicles in the area began using only the Veterans International Bridge, per agreement between the U.S. State Department and the Mexican Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores.

Oversize/overweight commercial vehicles with permits can travel on State Highway (SH) 48/SH 4 between this bridge and the Port of Brownsville.

More information is available from the Cameron County website.

Identified Needs

This crossing receives a high number of pedestrians each day since it is located near the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College. Many pedestrians live in Mexico and travel northbound through this port of entry for school or work. Identified needs include restriping of pavement markings, improved separation of pedestrian and vehicular traffic and improvements to the lanes leading to the bridge.


At the end of the study, improvements will be recommended based upon identified needs of the border crossings. If you would like to comment on the study, please email us.