California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Contact: Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena

Phone: (619) 688-6670

Construction Begins on Next Stage of State Route 905 Project

SAN DIEGO – Caltrans and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today celebrated the start of construction on the next construction phase of the $611 million State Route 905 Project in Otay Mesa. This portion of the project has a price tag of $20 million and is entirely funded by federal money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act).  

“This project will generate jobs for this region while at the same time easing congestion and moving goods to the marketplace more efficiently,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim. “It will also lessen emissions from trucks waiting in traffic while traveling to and from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.”

This project will widen the connector ramp from westbound SR-905 to northbound Interstate 805 from one lane to two lanes. An auxiliary lane will be constructed along northbound I-805 between SR-905 and Palm Avenue and the Del Sol Boulevard undercrossing will be widened. This phase of the project, which will be completed this fall, is a partnership between Caltrans and the FHWA.

The overall SR-905 Project is constructing eight miles of a new six-lane freeway from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to I-805. Otay Mesa is California’s busiest commercial border crossing with approximately 1.4 million truck crossings, which accounted for about $36 billion in goods in 2010. The overall SR-905 Project is a partnership between Caltrans, the FHWA, and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

For more information, the public should contact the Caltrans Public Information Office at (619) 688-6670, or view the SR- 905 Project fact sheet at dot.ca.gov/dist11/facts

California has obligated nearly $2.6 billion in Recovery Act funding obligated to nearly 1,000 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide.  For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.ca.gov/.

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