California Department of Transportation District 11 ­ San Diego & Imperial Counties
Caltrans

District 11

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

Contact: Cathryne Bruce-Johnson, Caltrans, (619) 688-6670, or email cathryne.bruce-johnson@dot.ca.gov

Contact: David Hicks, SANDAG, (619) 699-6939, or email david.hicks@sandag.org

Media Advisory

WORK BEGINS ON NEW HIGHWAY PROJECT AIMED AT CUTTING BORDER WAIT TIMES AND IMPROVING CROSSBORDER COMMERCE

WHO:

State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez
County Supervisor Greg Cox
SANDAG Board Chairman Jack Dale
Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Associate Division Administrator Rick Backlund
Caltrans District 11 Director Laurie Berman
Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Alejandra Mier y Terán
Consul General of Mexico in San Diego Remedios Gómez-Arnau
Consul General of the United States in Tijuana Andrew Erickson
Director of International Relations for the State of Baja Mariano Escobedo
City of Tijuana Secretary of Economic Development Xavier Peniche
Business Coordination Board of Tijuana President Juan Manuel Hernández Niebla

WHAT:

Elected officials and business leaders from the United States and Mexico will come together to break ground on a state highway project that will play a significant role in reducing border wait times and improving crossborder commerce. State Route 11 will be a four-lane highway connecting a planned port of entry – Otay Mesa East – to the state highway system. The 2.5-mile project will be built in three segments. The $112 million Segment 1, starting construction now, will include connectors to SR 905, plus a stretch of new highway from SR 905 east to Enrico Fermi Drive. Segments planned for the future will extend the highway to the border and create a new border crossing. Future plans call for toll roads approaching the border crossing both north and south of the border – allowing travelers the opportunity to pay a fee to get to the border more quickly, drastically reducing the lengthy wait times they currently endure.

WHEN:

Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:

Off Otay Mesa Road just south of SR 125 connector (west of Harvest Road in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego)
(Access the site from eastbound Otay Mesa Road near SR 125 – look for flaggers)

PHOTO/VIDEO:
OPPORTUNITY

Dignitaries from both sides of the international border will wave orange flags to signal the start of construction on the project.

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