California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties

District 11

Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010

Contact: Information Officer Cathryne Bruce-Johnson

Phone: (619) 688-6670

State Route 905 Project Gets Boost From TIGER Grant

SAN DIEGO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and its regional partner, the San Diego Association of Governments, have received a federal grant that will provide the necessary dollars to deliver another portion of the State Route 905 Project.

The SR-905 Project was awarded $20.2 million on Wednesday as part of TIGER Grants (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) from the federal Department of Transportation.

Caltrans District 11 Director Laurie Berman said the grant money will go towards the construction of interchange improvements to start later this year on SR-905 at Interstate 805.  The new freeway will span from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry west to I-805.  Two other segments along the corridor are under construction.

“Completing the interstate connection is a high priority for reducing traffic congestion at the border on this major international freight route,” Berman said.  “This money will help complete a project that will improve efficiency and reliability in the movement of goods and services and will reduce border wait times.”

The SR-905/I-805 Interchange was among four projects in the state and 51 nationwide to earn the federal grant money.  There were 1,400 transportation projects nominated.

The construction of the interchange is anticipated to create an additional 360 jobs for the region.  The SR-905 project as a whole includes six miles of a six-lane freeway on new alignment from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry west to I-805 at a cost of $610.5 million.

The corridor is critical because annual trade between California and Baja California totals more than $35 billion, and border ports of entry process more than two million trucks each year.  That figure is expected to double within the next decade.

Under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's leadership, California leads the nation with $2.41 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding obligated to 867 highway and local street transportation projects statewide.  Of these, 481 projects worth $2.45 billion have been awarded contracts to begin work, with an additional $317 million in Recovery Act funds expected to be awarded to 94 projects by March.  For more information on the Recovery Act visit: recovery.ca.gov.

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