The new connector in Ota Mesy. Courtesy Caltrans
Caltrans and SANDAG opened a key highway connector in Otay Mesa on Tuesday that promises to significantly improve cross-border traffic.
The $28.9 million project connects southbound Route 125 to westbound Route 905, which in turn connects the ports of entry at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa.
“The opening of the new connector marks a pivotal step forward in improving the movement of people and goods throughout our binational mega-region,” said Caltrans District 11 Director Gustavo Dallarda. “With a new direct westbound connection from East County, we will help alleviate traffic congestion and travel delays that in turn will improve border region mobility.”
California Transportation Commissioner larissa Falcon said the new connector “helps achieve our vision of a border corridor that is interconnected with the entire region, promoting transportation equity and economic growth for both nations.”
The project will also connect a future third port of entry at Otay Mesa East, with a dedicated extension of Route 11 set to break ground next month.
“The completion of SR 11 will be a monumental step forward in the development of the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Salas. “Today, we are one step closer to realizing an innovative new border crossing that will reduce wait times, foster trade growth, and strengthen our binational economy.”
Caltrans map shows the location of the completed freeway connector and planned future Otay Mesa East crossing.