California Department of Transportation
November 10, 2010
District 11 - San Diego and Imperial Counties
Media Information Officer Edward Cartagena
(619) 688-6723, Cell (858) 688-1431
Region’s Newest Stretch of Freeway Celebrated on State Route 905
San Diego – Caltrans joined elected representatives and local transportation officials today to spotlight San Diego’s newest stretch of freeway on State Route 905. The project, scheduled to open to traffic next week, built three miles of a new six-lane freeway from Siempre Viva Road to Britannia Boulevard. Proposition 1B, a $19.9 billion transportation bond supported by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and approved by voters in 2006, provided $77 million of the total $87 million construction cost of the project.
“As the voters intended, Proposition 1B is paying for vital transportation projects that relieve traffic congestion, improve goods movement, and provide a shot in the arm to California's economy,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “With this freeway project, the people of San Diego can see their tax dollars at work.”
The project highlighted today is just one part of a much larger SR-905 project that is critical to the flow of goods between the United States and Mexico:
• In 2005, the first phase of the SR-905 project was completed. It constructed two miles of a new six-lane freeway from the international border to Siempre Viva Road.
• Phase 1B of the project is currently building three miles of a six-lane freeway from Britannia Boulevard to I-805, an interchange at Caliente Avenue, and new off-ramps at Britannia Boulevard. The project received $74 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) and is scheduled for completion in summer 2012.
• Another phase of the project, funded primarily ($19 million) by the Recovery Act, will break ground in spring 2011. It will widen the SR-905/I-805 interchange and add new auxiliary lanes, making it easier for motorists to enter and exit the freeways.
The entire SR-905 project will cost an estimated $610.7 million and will create eight miles of a new six-lane freeway from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to Interstate 805.
“This is a vital project that will boost California’s economy by enhancing the smooth and efficient movement of international goods now and in the future as trade grows through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.
Total imports and exports between California and Baja California, Mexico was $15 billion in 1995 – today, it totals more than $36 billion. Ninety-eight percent of this trade is transported by trucks. In 2005, more than two million trucks passed through the California/Baja California border ports of entry, and the volume is expected to double by 2020.
For more information about the SR-905 project, please visit: www.dot.ca.gov/dist11/facts.
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