The 5 Realign Project / San Ysidro Port of Entry Expansion

 

GSA has published a website – click here – that includes live updates on the I-5 realignment. Due to these closures, expect major delays crossing to Tijuana through Otay Mesa from September to Thanksgiving.

If you are interested in the presentation from GSA on this topic, download our webinar recorded on July 25 – click here

BACKGROUND:

The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere; currently processing an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians per day.

After a united front of support and advocacy from several economic development and government organizations, funding was secured for a major expansion of the port. The scope includes the demolition and construction of the port, including primary and secondary inspection areas, administration and pedestrian buildings, and all other support structures. The project will expand pedestrian processing facilities including a new pedestrian crossing on the east side of the port that will connect with a new multimodal transportation hub in Mexico and expanded northbound inspection facilities. Additionally, there will be a new north and southbound crossing at El Chaparral/Virginia Avenue with an associated transit center.

Once completed, the new port will boast 62 northbound vehicle primary inspection booths, one dedicated bus lane and inspection booth spread over 34 lanes, as well as improved processing facilities for bus and Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) travelers.

Updates

San Ysidro Port of Entry Expansion

The San Ysidro Land Port of Entry (LPOE) is the busiest land border crossing in the Western Hemisphere; currently processing an average of 50,000 northbound vehicles and 25,000 northbound pedestrians per day.

After a united front of support and advocacy from several economic development and government organizations, funding was secured for a major expansion of the port. The scope includes the demolition and construction of the port, including primary and secondary inspection areas, administration and pedestrian buildings, and all other support structures. The project will expand pedestrian processing facilities including a new pedestrian crossing on the east side of the port that will connect with a new multimodal transportation hub in Mexico and expanded northbound inspection facilities. Additionally, there will be a new north and southbound crossing at El Chaparral/Virginia Avenue with an associated transit center.

Once completed, the new port will boast 62 northbound vehicle primary inspection booths, one dedicated bus lane and inspection booth spread over 34 lanes, as well as improved processing facilities for bus and Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) travelers.

Updates

Otay Mesa II Port of Entry/State Route-11

Through a partnership between CALTRANS, SANDAG and categorical support from the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, a new state of the art port of entry is being proposed and developed in Otay Mesa. This innovative project will provide fast and predictable crossings via tolled approach roads that connect directly to a new state-of-the-art Port of Entry, serving both personal and commercial vehicles. The goal is to operate the new POE with an average of 20-minute border crossing time.

Project Status

The project will be built in three segments:

Segment 1 (SR 11 first phase): construct a four-lane freeway between SR 905 and Enrico Fermi Drive. Construction began in December 2013 and is now completed.

In October 2015, construction began on three freeway-to-freeway connectors linking SR 905 and SR 11 to northbound SR 125. Construction is now completed. 

Segment 2 (SR 11 second phase): construct a four-lane toll highway from Enrico Fermi Drive to the new Otay Mesa East POE, and construct a new Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility.

Segment 3: construct the new Port of Entry

Completion for Segment 2 and 3 are expected in late 2019.

Efficiencies will be achieved through a host of innovations and technologies, including:

1) an integrated approach to providing advanced traveler information for the region’s major ports of entry;

2) a new border wait time detection system that feeds advanced traveler alert capabilities;

3) the use of electronic variable toll rates as a demand management strategy at Otay Mesa East;

4) and partnership approaches to designing and financing value-added amenities. 

For more info click here

Otay II Presentation – (10/12/17)

 

Otay Mesa Port of Entry Modernization and Expansion Project

A $123 million dollar expansion project for our existing Otay Mesa Port of Entry could be ready as early as early 2022. This expansion entails doubling processing capability for pedestrians and additional truck lanes for the Otay Mesa Import facility, as well as a USDA building and the transfer of the hazardous materials importation process to the import facility (hazardous materials are currently imported through the export facility). If Congress approves funding, which was included in the proposed President’s budget, construction could begin fall of next year and the construction process would be approximately three years, So by 2022, our brand new Otay II port would be operational and we would have an expanded Otay I port, as well. Like GSA representative stated at our Otay I Expansion forum last week: “We are in the Golden Age of Border Infrastructure.” This revised version of the original Otay Mesa Modernization project proposed many years ago eliminates the expansion of vehicle lanes at the Otay Mesa POE, mainly due to the expansion of vehicle lanes at the San Ysidro Port of Entry and the anticipated new vehicular lanes at the, proposed Otay II port of entry. We hope you can join us in requesting support from our Congressional Delegation for this important project.

View GSA’s presentation on the Otay Mesa Port of Entry expansion project

Otay Mesa and San Ysidro Ports of Entry

Otay Mesa and San Ysidro Ports of Entry

 The Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce meets on a monthly basis with Customs and Border Protection and Mexican Customs to address critical issues related to vehicle, pedestrian and commercial crossings, including trusted travel programs such as SENTRI and Global Entry. Our goal is simple: to reduce wait times at our ports of entry.

According to a 2006 SANDAG/Caltrans report more than $6 billion dollars of economic output and more than 51,000 jobs are lost every year due to increased wait time in the Cali-Baja Region. More than 50% of this economic loss is related to wait times at the commercial port of entry.

Members are encouraged to submit suggestions and concerns related to the ports of entry to the Otay Mesa Chamber’s Executive Director.

Border Crossing Statistics for Otay Mesa and San Ysidro Ports of Entry

 

La Media Road Expansion

La Media Road in Otay Mesa is a critical corridor for California exports and could be renamed, California’s Exporting Corridor. Currently, it stands as a two-lane unimproved street with a major flooding issue in the intersection of Airway Road.

The Otay Mesa Chamber has been a strong advocate for expanding and re-paving this critical road. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilman David Alvarez have listened to our requests and have developed a Southbound Truck Route Task Force to address both the Expansion of La Media Road and the Otay Mesa Southbound Truck Route, known as the Otay Truck Route Phase I

South Bay Rapid

After several years of planning and collaboration with South County communities, construction is underway on the South Bay Rapid Project, a $128 million effort to provide travelers with a frequent and reliable transit choice.

When completed, South Bay Rapid will include 12 stations along a 26-mile route from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to Downtown San Diego via eastern Chula Vista, connecting to employment and activity centers in Downtown San Diego and South County. At the heart of the project is the dedicated transit guideway – a nearly six-mile-long transit-only lane being constructed in the median of East Palomar Street and along Eastlake Parkway in Chula Vista.

The project will improve travel times by utilizing dedicated transit-only lanes, traffic signal priority, and limited station stops. During peak commuting hours, the average travel time between the Otay Mesa Transit Center and San Diego City College will be approximately 50-75 minutes. South Bay Rapid will operate from 5 a.m.-11 p.m. daily with service every 15 minutes during peak commuting hours and every 30 minutes the rest of the day.

Funding for the project is being provided by a combination of federal, state, and local programs, including TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by SANDAG. Rapid service in the South Bay is expected to begin in 2018 and will be operated by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.

South Bay Rapid – Fact Sheet (Eng)
South Bay Rapid – Fact Sheet (Spa)
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Metropolitan Airpark at Brown Field Municipal Airport

 

The Metropolitan Airpark (MAP) is a multi-phased development that will transform the Brown Field Municipal Airport into an economic engine in Otay Mesa.

The project includes 331 acres of development at the airport including airside facilities with a new jet fixed based operation, T-hangars and heliport, over 1.3 million square feet of industrial and commercial space, a 6-8 MW solar field, as well as hotels and restaurants. At full build-out, Metropolitan Airpark will provide 4,000 permanent jobs, 8,000 long-term construction jobs, and is anticipated to bring $500 million in annual revenue to the region.

In addition to the onsite development at the Brown Field Municipal Airport, MAP will be constructing offsite infrastructure improvements that will facilitate better traffic circulation in Otay Mesa. The Otay Chamber of Commerce has been an early supporter of this project, endorsing not only the opportunities generated from the redevelopment within the airport, but also recognizing the positive “spillover” effect that this project will have on furthering economic development overall in Otay Mesa and the rest of South County.

Otay Mesa Southbound Truck Route

The Otay Mesa Chamber successfully advocated for the development of this project and secured an initial $4.2 million in funding from the federal government for this project.

The Otay Mesa Truck Route Phase IV is an integral part of the southbound truck route and includes extending the road along the border fence –which has no name- from La Media Road to Britannia to transfer trucks that are queuing on Otay Mesa Road streets and blocking businesses to this proposed border fence road. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Councilman David Alvarez have listened to our requests and have developed a Southbound Truck Route Task force to address both the Expansion of La Media Road and this crucial project.

The Otay Truck Route, Phase IV is scheduled to begin construction in 2017.

Fact Sheet Otay Mesa Truck Route Project