The Zaragosa Bridge (or the Ysleta Zaragosa Bridge) is a major bridge facility crossing over the Rio Grande. It’s one of the most often traveled bridges in Texas, connecting the United States-Mexico border. The amount of traffic on the bridge has been increasing since the bridge was built in 1990.
The Zaragosa Bridge – description
The international bridge connects the cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. It is also called ‘Ysleta-Zaragosa Bridge’, ‘Puente Ysleta-Zaragoza’, and ‘Puente Zaragoza’. Americans also call the bridge Ysleta after a nearby community of that name. The Zaragosa Bridge was built in 1938. Then, after nearly 20 years, it was reconstructed. The present bridge was completed in 1990.
The port of entry to the Zaragosa Bridge is divided into two bridges. One of them serves commercial traffic. It has two southbound lanes and two northbound lanes (Standard Lane and FAST Lane for low-risk cargo). Another one accommodates passenger vehicles and pedestrians. It has 2 lanes going in either direction and one SENTRI Lane (DCL – Dedicated Commuter Lane). The bridge handles auto, truck, and pedestrian traffic. Pedestrians can walk across both bridges. There are typically 7 pedestrian lanes open on the Paso Del Norte crossing. The fee for walking across the bridge is $0.50. The Zaragosa Bridge operates from 8:00 am to midnight, Monday to Friday, and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday. On Sunday, the bridge is closed to commercial vehicle traffic. The bridge is jointly owned and maintained by the cities of El Paso and Juarez.
The Zaragosa Bridge – toll prices
The Zaragosa Bridge toll is the same at both crossings. If you are driving a passenger vehicle, you will pay $3.50 for crossing the bridge. There is also an additional fee of $1.75 for each axle. If you have a FAST pass, the toll drops to $3 and an additional $1.50 per each additional axle. Therefore, the best option is to equip yourself with special access to the E-Fast Pass Lane. Once you register, you will receive a crossing tag to stick on your vehicle’s windshield. When you have it, you immediately get access to the special lane. However, keep in mind that the service works only when crossing from El Paso to Juarez through the bridge. Both passenger and commercial vehicles can use it.
Toll pricing on the Zaragosa bridge isn’t dependent on traffic volume or the time of the day. It’s consistent. You can easily pay by cash or use a prepaid account – if you are using a tag; the amount will be deducted from your balance. Card payment is also an option, but there is a 1.98% service charge added to the toll amount.
The Zaragosa Bridge – additional information
The average waiting time to cross the bridge is 30 minutes. During peak hours, it’s around 50 minutes. There are several duty-free shops in Paso Del Norte. Two of them are located on South Stanton Street. For the Ysleta Bridge, there is one duty-free store on South Zaragosa Road.
When you are about to cross any of the two bridges, you need to show one valid form of identification. It may be your passport, enhanced driver’s license, or Trusted Traveler Card such as NEXUS or SENTRI. If you are a Mexican citizen traveling into the US, you will need a passport and visa or a Border Crossing Card.
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