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.
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. Completion is expected in late 2016.
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.