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SANDAG and Caltrans Celebrate Major Border Infrastructure Milestones

Future State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project to Increase Connectivity and Economic Growth in Border Region

July 31, 2019 - SANDAG and Caltrans, together with federal, state and local officials from United State and Mexico celebrated breaking ground on the final segment of the future toll road, State Route 11 (SR 11), and the State Routes 125/11/905 Southbound Connectors. The event also recognized progress made on a variety of border infrastructure improvements in South County, where SANDAG and Caltrans have invested more than $1.3 billion worth of transportation improvements in projects that have either been recently completed, are being planned, or are under construction.

“These improvements to border region infrastructure are a testament to our commitment to enhance connectivity for our binational mega-region,” said David Kim, California Secretary of Transportation. “The infrastructure improvements we’ve made in San Diego’s border region, have helped to expand transportation choices, enhance cross-border movement of people and goods, and improve travel times. The start of construction on the final segment of SR 11 and the southbound connectors brings us one step closer to building a new port of entry at Otay Mesa East, which will not only provide fast, predictable, and secure border crossings, but also improve connections to key employment and entertainment centers throughout the San Diego and Tijuana region.”

With more than $46.7 billion worth of goods transported through the existing Otay Mesa Port of Entry last year alone, the project will enhance regional mobility and foster growth in binational trade, strengthening the economy on both sides of the nation’s busiest border.  The construction that broke ground today is part of the SR 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (OME POE) project, which will create a fast and predictable port of entry and connected roadway system serving both personal and commercial vehicles.

“Trade between the United States and Mexico supports more than 566,000 jobs throughout all of California,” said Alejandra Mier & Teran, Executive Director Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce. “By working together, the SR 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry project will help create job opportunities and ensure that both nations can better compete in our ever-changing global market.”

As a binational effort, SANDAG and Caltrans are working with U.S. and Mexican federal governments, in collaboration with local and state partners, to evaluate innovative concepts like flexible lanes, variable tolling, and joint inspection facilities from the standpoint of efficiency, security, revenue potential, and cost effectiveness.

“Mexico is California’s largest trading partner, and with San Diego’s close proximity to the international border, it is crucial that we work collaboratively on this dynamic effort,” said SANDAG Borders Committee Chair and Mayor of Imperial Beach Serge Dedina. “All levels of government on both sides of our border are invested in enriching the exchange of trade and commerce and strengthening the relationship of our binational mega-region.”

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