US breaks ground on new embassy in Mexican capital

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Work has begun on the long-awaited new United States Embassy in Mexico City that will be one of the most expensive in the world at nearly $1 billion.

The $943 million embassy is expected to be completed in 2022, when the U.S. will leave its current building on the Mexican capital's grand Paseo de la Reforma boulevard, which has been a regular site of marches and protests over the years.

U.S. Ambassador Roberta Jacobson and Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera participated in the ceremonial ground breaking at the 8.5-acre site Tuesday.

The new embassy with an environment-friendly design will be on a former industrial site that required extensive toxic cleanup.

The construction contract was awarded to Alabama-based Caddell Construction in September 2017.