Mar 9, 2012, 11:11 AM
Post #23 of 36
I hardly ever cross from Mexico to the US at Bridge I, but there aren't any topes comparable to those at Bridge II that I recall. There isn't the need for them because there is no pedestrian traffic cross traffic in the small cramped secondary inspection area.
I don't think topes at the new bridge in Eagle Pass are as high either. Same reason as Bridge I in Laredo---the layout is different than it is at Bridge II in Laredo. I haven't crossed at the old bridge in Eagle Pass for years but I doubt topes are much of a problem.
I guess it's because I have gotten accustomed to them from crossing daily, but I don't find the series alongside the secondary inspection area that bad. The two stage metal ones at the end can be a real challenge.
As an aside, I don't recommend Columbia because of events like the one that happened on March 1. There have been serveral other full scale encounters on that road in the past two years that didn't draw coverage outside the local area. The only balacera occurring directly at a major bridge in the Laredo corridor happened at Columbia four years ago.
Like earthquakes in California, these types of events are inevitable. The Zetas constantly use Highway 2 to move men and materials around in the Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon and Coahuila frontera. The military is out there regularly looking for them. And, without being too sardonic, unlike tourists and ex-pats in transit, the military knows what they look like.
(This post was edited by Altahabana on Mar 9, 2012, 11:23 AM)