Starting in July, thousands of pedestrians can expect a choice when crossing the border from Tijuana to San Ysidro. A new entrance called PedWest is scheduled to open on the west side of the port’s vehicle lanes, augmenting the current entrance on the east. The PedWest entrance initially will have 12 lanes that connect with Mexico’s El Chaparral facility. The plan for PedWest is that 10 lanes normally would serve pedestrians entering the United States, with two lanes set aside for southbound crossers. But depending on demand, their directions could be reversed.
Click here for US Embassy Official Press Release
Click here for full San Diego UT article
Thumbsat recently opened a testing and manufacturing facility in Tijuana. Please see the full article with details about this exciting new project in the Cali-Baja Region.
Fox the sixth consecutive year, the manufacturing and research facility in Tijuana owned by Santa-Cruz based Plantronics ranked the number one place to work in Mexico (yes, the entire nation of Mexico). Congratulations to our friend Jorge Ruvalcaba and his team, Plant Manger for Plantronics in Tijuana.
Click here to read the full article (in Spanish)
Last Friday, CALTRANS and SANDAG celebrated several crucial developments related to border infrastructure in Otay Mesa:
1) The opening of SR-11 Phase 1
2) The upcoming groundbreaking of the SR-125 southbound connectors and progress on the northbound SR-125 connectors, which should be completed the end of this year.
Thank you for moving our projects forward!
The City is proposing more than 4,400 homes in the industrial area of Otay Mesa, along Cactus Road and Siempre Viva. The Chamber has made several requests to the City regarding this Central Village Specific Plan but the two critical ones are:
a) Require a separate transportation access is built before residents move in. Currently, the only access street to the proposed Village is Britannia, which is a major truck route and which will handle an additional 1,800 trucks, when the Otay Truck Route Phase IV is implemented.
b) Ensure, adequate buffers, preferably 1,000 ft., are included by the residential developer between the heavy industrial zone and the proposed village.
Please see our enclosed letter to Mayor Faulconer and the City Council. If your business is in that area, we encourage you to review the plan and provide comments to the City.
Central Village Specific Plan
The Energy Innovation Center’s Workforce Education & Training program offers individualized help to Trade Professionals, associations and business & residential customers through industry-specific seminars, workshops and certification courses. There’s even a Food Service Demonstration Kitchen where food service professionals can test and compare over 40 pieces of energy-efficient equipment.
Visit sdge.com/innovationcenter for a list of classes and to learn more.
Funding has been secured for two of the three southbound SR-125 connectors. The funded connectors include direct access from SR-125 to SR-11 and SR-905/West, meaning travelers going to Tijuana or Siempre Viva Road. As you may recall, CALTRANS had already secured funding for the northbound connectors and they are currently under construction. There will be a groundbreaking ceremony on April 15 for this important project. Thank you again Mario Orso.
For those of you who have not been in Otay the last week, Phase I of SR-11 is now open. This crucial major off ramp allows trucks, coming from the CHP facility, to directly access SR-905. Thank you Mario Orso, Trade Corridor Director and the rest of the CALTRANS/SANDAG team.