Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012
Contact: Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena
Phone: (619) 688-6670
Wider Interchange will Ease Congestion as State Route 905/Interstate 805 Connector Opens to Motorists
SAN DIEGO – Today, Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments announced the completion of a $20 million State Route 905/Interstate 805 Connector Project that is easing congestion two months earlier than anticipated and for $2 million less than projected. This project will help move goods and services through California’s busiest commercial border crossing at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry more efficiently. In 2010, approximately 1.4 million truck crossings moved $36 billion in goods across the border at Otay Mesa.
This phase is the second completed within the larger $611 million project, designed to move traffic faster and with less smog. The overall project will add eight miles of a new six-lane freeway from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to I-805, which will help move the anticipated four million trucks between California and Mexico that are projected by 2020.
“This project will benefit border crossings in California,” said Acting Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “When the last project is completed on the corridor in late 2012, cross-border trade will have a more efficient and direct route.”
The widened connector ramp is located on westbound SR-905 to northbound I-805, which was increased from one lane to two lanes. This phase of the project also widened an auxiliary lane along northbound I-805 between SR-905 and Palm Avenue and widened the Del Sol Boulevard undercrossing.
Partners in this project include Caltrans, the Federal Highway Administration, and the San Diego Association of Governments.
The project was funded entirely by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). California has obligated nearly $2.6 billion in Recovery Act funding to nearly 1,000 highway, local street, and job training transportation projects statewide. For more information on the Recovery Act visit: http://recovery.gov/.
For more project information, contact the Caltrans Public Information Office at (619) 688-6670, or view the SR- 905 Project fact sheet at dot.ca.gov/dist11/facts.
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