California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: December 10, 2013
District: 11 - San Diego and Imperial counties
Contact: Media Relations Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson
Phone: (619) 688-6723 or Cell: (858) 688-1431

Officials Signal Start of Construction On State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port Project

SAN DIEGO – Caltrans, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and other transportation officials and elected representatives from the U.S. and Mexico gathered this morning to break ground on a state highway project that will provide a seamless connection across the international border.

The $717 million State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (POE) Project will be developed in three segments, with the first segment starting construction this month on four new highway lanes and new connectors from State Route 905 (SR-905) east to Enrico Ferme Drive in East Otay Mesa. This first segment will cost $112 million, including $71 million from Proposition 1B, a 2006 state voter-approved transportation bond. To date, $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.

“This project will curb traffic congestion and reduce border crossing wait times of several hours for commercial trucks at Otay Mesa and for vehicles at San Ysidro,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Segments Two and Three are estimated to cost $245 million and $341 million respectively, and funding for these portions is being negotiated. Segment Two will extend SR-11 from Enrico Ferme Drive to Siempre Viva Road and include a new Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility. Segment Three will feature the construction of the new Otay Mesa East POE.

Caltrans is the lead agency for the planning, design and construction of the highway portion of the project and SANDAG is responsible for the design and construction of the POE. Coffman Specialties, Inc. of San Diego is the prime construction contractor for Segment One.

“This is a big step toward eventually building a third port of entry in San Diego County,” said SANDAG Chair and Santee Councilmember Jack Dale. “The innovative new crossing will make it possible for commercial and private vehicles willing to pay a toll to get across the border safely and quickly, cutting congestion and giving a big boost to our local and state economies.”

In the summer of 2012, work was completed on a $441 million project that constructed more than six miles of a new six-lane freeway in three phases on State Route 905. It was among the first in the state to receive funding ($74 million) from the Recovery Act, and it also received $85 million from Proposition 1B.

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