Yes very easily. Bridge #2 is called the new bridge and it connects directly with I-35 to San Antonio. The old bridge, #1, is about 6 blocks west of #2 and is less travelled. I mentioned staying at the hotel La Posada and I also asked the staf which would be better and they said the old bridge has less traffic on it. From La Posada you can see both and everytime I looked i saw a lot more traffic on the new bridge. The morning I crossed it looked like at least 20 in line on the new bridge and nothing on the old. When I crossed there was one car in the declare line and nothing else. If you check out google earth you can see both bridges and the Migration building in between both of them. You can also see the easy access to the NL bypass on the right side.
As someone who crosses every day I see little utility in using Bridge 1. It is used mostly by local residents and not by people who are crossing and then travelling on to the interior.
Outside of the holiday season there are minimal lines crossing into Mexico on either of the two downtown bridges and the wait time on Bridge 2 is rarely more than 5 minutes outside the evening "rush hour" which extends from about 4-8 p.m. When traffic backs up on Bridge 2, it is almost always backed up on Bridge 1. Because there are more vehicle lanes and more Aduana gates at Bridge 2, traffic gets processed through more quickly than on Bridge 1. The vehicle permit station serves both bridges so travelers who need the permit and tourist visa have to go there anyway regardles of which bridge they use.
(This post was edited by Altahabana on Dec 27, 2010, 6:55 AM)
Post edited by Altahabana
(Enthusiast) on Dec 27, 2010, 6:55 AM