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New Border Freeway Set To Open To The Public

Aired 7/27/12 on KPBS News.

Construction started in 2005 and was done in three phases at a total cost of $441 million. It will connect the Otay Mesa Port of Entry with I-805 and I-5.

State Route 905 will connect Interstate 805 and the Otay Mesa border crossing on Monday, July 30, 2012.

The six-lane freeway will be a rapid alternative to Otay Mesa Road - the old SR 905 - which is a surface street with traffic lights that is frequently clogged. The roads parallel each other.

The Otay Mesa Port of Entry handles much of the truck traffic from maquiladoras in Tijuana and beyond. The factories produce goods that are then shipped across North America.

The new freeway will make it more efficient for the big rigs to head to their destinations in San Diego County and points beyond. Officials estimate 4 million trucks will cross from Mexico into California by 2020.

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Current State Route 905


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Above: This map shows the current end of State Route 905. The new segment connecting it to Interstate 805 opens on July 30.

“So now you don’t have any of those signals. You’ve got the nice, wide shoulders," said Laurie Berman, the local district director for CALTRANS.

"I think it’s going to be a nice ride and is going to facilitate cross-border traffic,” said Berman.

Construction started in 2005 and was done in three phases at a total cost of $441 million. It received funding from SANDAG, CALTRANS and the federal government.

Berman said drivers should watch out for crews that will be performing some finishing work on the freeway for the next several weeks.

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Avatar for user 'Dothscribble'

Dothscribble | July 28, 2012 at 3:46 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

I couldn't be more delighted to serve the social service breaking, Mexican- gauleiters who determine our public wealth and the volume of my needless
taxation each year.
The symbol of their arresting Master/servant relationship with us should be promoted through its usage on christmas ornaments picturing corpses hanging from overpasses and on silkscreens of every sort to achieve a more zesty
denial-payoff rather than bare denial with its only zest, our financial-abyss.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | July 30, 2012 at 11:42 a.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

Wow.

A half BILLION dollars and 6 years to build 2.5 miles of freeway?!?

Just so a few trucks from maquiladoras don't have to wait at a couple of lights?!?

Thanks greedy unions for making even the most routine projects exorbitantly expensive and ridiculously long.

Thanks corrupt politicians for padding your pockets as you send jobs south and enable greedy industrialists to build sweatshops in Mexico.

Thanks idiotic voters for continually electing Republicans and Democrats who keep this endless cycle of greed and corruption going.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | July 30, 2012 at 12:42 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

Dothscribble,

Good LSD is so hard to find nowadays, can I buy some from you? Add Caltrans to the list of conspirators for the Mexico/Nazi California Reclamation Project.

"The symbol of their arresting Master/servant relationship ..."

I'm thrilled that someone is dragging this weird relationship into the light. I've always suspected that Mexicans wait in noxious lanes at the border for 4 hours only to be humiliated by CBP agents before finally crossing just to show Americans who is boss.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | July 30, 2012 at 2:01 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

Scribble 0 the incoherent ramblings of a madman. (lol)

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Missionaccomplished | July 30, 2012 at 2:03 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

CA, the politicians are not sending "jobs south." Management and ownership are sending jobs south. They refuse to pay union wages. Yes, those same unions that you so despise.

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Missionaccomplished | July 30, 2012 at 2:05 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

@De la Rick, lol

You know before I read it was from goth, I thought they were posting excerpts from the Holmes diary!

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Avatar for user 'benz72'

benz72 | July 30, 2012 at 2:50 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

If union work were worth the wage they were asking, there would be no contention on the issue. Higher prices should be an indicator of higher value. Sometimes this is the case, but not nearly as often as it should be.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | July 31, 2012 at 8:33 a.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

And many US jobs have actually gone EAST more recently rather than south.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | July 31, 2012 at 10:17 a.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

I support unions, but non-union labor would've resulted in the project costing half as much. So, Benz, it sounds as if the US and Mexico have an interconnected labor market at the lower rungs (service and construction sectors). If only people on this side of the border would stop kidding themselves and come to that realization, the anti-Mexican rhetoric wouldn't be so intense.

Still chuckling at Dothscribble's "Mexican gauleiters" comment. Now we're adding Nazi-related terms to the anti-Mexican lexicon. Awesome!

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Avatar for user 'benz72'

benz72 | July 31, 2012 at 11:53 a.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

DLR, is your statement that anti-immigrant sentiment would decrease if more service and construction jobs were performed by non-union Mexican workers? That seems counterintuitive to me. please explain your logic. If that isn't your point, please be more explicit.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | July 31, 2012 at 8:15 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

Benz,

Anti-Mexican sentiment would decrease to a humane level from where it is now if Americans realized that 90% of Mexican migration is due to labor market forces. That's what happens when you humanize instead of criminalize.

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Missionaccomplished | August 1, 2012 at 12:12 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

DRL, methinks GOTHSCRIBBLE is adding Nazi-related terms to his bigoted lexicon due to his need for more lebensraum.

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Avatar for user 'DeLaRick'

DeLaRick | August 1, 2012 at 3:42 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

Good one MA! I think conflating a migratory issue with a plan to exterminate Jews and dominate the world is just a tad bit too much. The Jewish Anti-Defamation League wouldn't find the comparison charming, either.

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Missionaccomplished | August 1, 2012 at 10:46 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

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You +1'd this publicly. Undo
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benz72 | August 2, 2012 at 7:36 a.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

I would predict that the in-group anti-competitive / out-group exclusionary nature of a union would cause their sentiments to trend in the opposite direction regarding an increased availability of cheap labor. q.v. NAFTA.
All criminals are human, that does not change their status as either humans or criminals.
It is possible you are correct that our society will, in a time of scarcity, place pity over self interest, but I would not count on it.

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Missionaccomplished | August 2, 2012 at 11:47 a.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

Well Benzie, if your memory serves you, you will recall a case of strange bedfellows not far from here when the Teamsters Union along with liberal Democrat Bob Filner held hands with warmonger extraordinaire and Nativist par excellence Repubilcan D. Hunter Jr in opposing a belated provision of NAFTA recently implemented.

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benz72 | August 2, 2012 at 12:22 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

DIdn't see it, not saying it didn't happen, but as you point out the union was protesting against NAFTA.

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Missionaccomplished | August 2, 2012 at 2:32 p.m. ― 2 years, 3 months ago

Of course, the union is anti-NAFTA, as are many on the Right.

Congressmen, Teamsters Sound Alarm As Trucks Set To Cross US ...

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Oct 19, 2011 – Bob Filner (D-San Diego), and Duncan D. Hunter (R-El Cajon) joined James Hoffa of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and Todd

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