The longtime vision truly takes a village. The State Route 11/ Otay Mesa East Port of Entry is a joint effort between SANDAG, Caltrans, and state + federal partners in the US and Mexico. Let’s look at the goals and progress of the border infrastructure project.
🏗️ The big picture
The San Diego-Tijuana metro region currently has three land ports of entry: San Ysidro (the largest locally + fourth busiest land border crossing in the world), Otay Mesa + Tecate. And San Diegans know border wait times are notoriously long.
According to SANDAG, in 2019, the Otay Mesa + Tecate commercial ports of entry processed a combined $48.3 billion in total bilateral trade. As the US-Mexico border region grows, improvement is needed to move goods, services + passengers through a more efficient, integrated system.
- Develop a multimodal land port of entry in coordination with Mexico’s future Mesa de Otay II Port of Entry
- Reduce wait times + greenhouse gas emissions
- Enhance regional mobility + ease traffic congestion
- Fuel economic growth + bolster binational trade
- Strengthen border security + resiliency
⚒️ The progress
The full timeline for this project dates back to 1998 — but in the spirit of reducing wait times, we’ll speed things up a bit.
- June 28, 2021: Local dignitaries + leaders from Mexico celebrated the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to support the development of the crossings from both sides.
- December 2021: SANDAG + Caltrans celebrated the grand opening of the southbound SR-125 to eastbound SR-905 and SR-11 connectors in Otay Mesa — critical infrastructure to support the new port of entry. The final segment of the future toll road SR-11 is currently under construction.
- Feb. 14, 2022: Local, state, and federal leaders from the US and Mexico gathered for a binational summit to discuss the project + its importance. They’re also working on establishing a framework to share toll revenues for project funding.