Caltrans News Release
Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Contact: Caltrans Public Relations Officer Edward Cartagena, (619) 688-6670
Contact: SANDAG David Hicks, (619) 699-6939
Officials to Break Ground on Freeway-to-Freeway Connectors Project to Ease Border Congestion and Facilitate Cross Border Commerce
WHEN: Monday, Oct. 26, 2015
WHERE: 2000 Otay Mesa Road (directly across the street from the northbound SR 125 on ramp).
Take 905 East to La Media Road, left on La Media, right on Otay Mesa Road, right into the event site/construction area. Google map link.
Electronic message signs and flaggers will guide you to the event entrance and the dedicated media parking area.
WHAT: Leaders from both the United States and Mexico will come together to break ground on a freeway-to-freeway connectors project that will link SR 905 and the nearly complete segment of SR 11 to northbound SR 125. This critical border infrastructure project will help reduce border congestion and accommodate the growing volume of trucks carrying goods between the United States and Mexico. Trade between the two countries has grown by an average of 10 percent annually since 1993, a rate that exceeds that of U.S. trade with the rest of the world. Currently, trucks must use circuitous and congested local roads to access SR 125. The connectors will provide a seamless highway system for vehicles departing the Otay Mesa Port of Entry (POE) – the region’s main commercial border crossing – to destinations across San Diego County, California, and the nation. This project also will provide links to the planned Otay Mesa East/Mesa de Otay II border crossing via a future tolled segment of SR 11. The construction cost for the connectors is estimated to be $21.5 million. Completion is expected in late 2016.
WHO: Caltrans District 11 Director Laurie Berman
SANDAG Board Chair Jack Dale
County Supervisor Greg Cox
Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas
Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Alejandra Mier y Terán
Officials from Mexico
VISUAL: Views of SR 905, SR 125, and SR 11, as well as the construction area. Dignitaries will turn ceremonial shovels of dirt to signify the start of construction. Afterwards dignitaries will wave orange flags to have construction equipment start moving dirt.
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