Skip to main content

LATEST UPDATES: Tracking COVID-19 | Transfer Of Power | Racial Justice

Construction Begins On Otay Mesa Border Freeway Connection

Photo caption:

Photo credit: SANDAG

A map of a border infrastructure project that will link SR 905 and the future SR 11 to northbound SR 125.

Transportation leaders broke ground today on an infrastructure project to connect major roadways at the border to reduce vehicle congestion and accommodate the growing number of trucks carrying goods between the U.S. and Mexico.

The project at Otay Mesa will link State Route 905 and the future State Route 11 to northbound State Route 125.

Officials said over the past two decades, trade between the U.S. and Mexico has grown by an average of 10 percent a year — an increase that exceeds that of U.S. trade with the rest of the world.

Last year, more than 800,000 northbound trucks and $39 billion in goods passed through the Otay Mesa Port of Etry.

"In order for our region to stay globally competitive, it's imperative that we improve our border infrastructure to facilitate the movement of goods and people," said Jack Dale, a Santee city councilman who chairs the San Diego Association of Governments. "Border congestion costs the U.S. and Mexico billions of dollars in foregone economic output and tens of thousands of jobs each year."

The $21.5 million project is expected to be completed in late 2016. Funding sources include a $15.9 million chunk from Proposition 1B Trade Corridors Improvement Fund and $2.7 million from the TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation uses approved by San Diego County voters, among other funding sources.

Caltrans officials said the project is designed to remedy one of the last missing links in the overall border road network. Currently, truckers congest city streets and local roads to access SR 125. The new connectors will create a seamless highway system, greatly reducing wait times at the border, according to Caltrans.


San Diego News Now podcast branding

San Diego news; when you want it, where you want it. Get local stories on politics, education, health, environment, the border and more. New episodes are ready weekday mornings. Hosted by Anica Colbert and produced by KPBS, San Diego and the Imperial County's NPR and PBS station.

  • Need help keeping up with the news that matters most? Get the day's top news — ranging from local to international — straight to your inbox each weekday morning.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Curious San Diego banner

Want more KPBS news?
Find us on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our newsletters.

To view PDF documents, Download Acrobat Reader.