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Construction to begin on new Otay Mesa East border crossing

  • Construction to begin on new Otay Mesa East border crossing

    Posted by bajabill on August 19, 2022 at 6:19 am

    SAN DIEGO — Crews will break ground next week on a highly anticipated new port of entry for the San Diego area, a facility that officials hope will speed up border wait times across the region.

    The Otay Mesa East Port of Entry, and accompanying toll road state Route 11, have been in the works for two decades. The border crossing is scheduled to open in 2024.

    Billed as a “21st-century border crossing,” Otay Mesa East will provide another option for the San Diego-Tijuana mega-region, where roughly 100,000 people commute daily for work, school, doctors visits, shopping and more. The crossing is expected to play a key role in cross-border commerce, too.

    A four-lane toll road will connect directly to the port of entry, which will use a border wait-time detection system to give travelers advanced notice and help them plan their route.

    Transportation officials hope that optimization and other features — like lanes that can flexibly shift from commercial processing to passenger traffic, depending on demand — will lead to shorter waits at all local border crossings.

    That’s a top priority, as clogged traffic lanes and long lines of idling cars at the border can have serious consequences for both the environment and U.S.-Mexico economies.

    “The proposed border improvements will provide fast, predictable, and secure border crossings,” officials wrote in the news release.


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  • BajaBundo

    August 19, 2022 at 6:24 am

    Awesome news but I’d really like to see a point of entry that crosses directly into Playas de Tijuana. There was talk of that years ago and then nothing, but anything that can help take the load off of San Ysidro and the Otay Mesa border crossings is welcome.

    • CRF450R

      August 20, 2022 at 5:59 pm

      Never heard of that but my guess is that environmentalists shut down any discussions of crossing over that area as it’s a state park now. It would have been a great way to skip the worst of TJ.

  • miraflores

    August 19, 2022 at 7:08 am

    Is this the border crossing where they will have lanes where you can pay to cross fast?

    • CRF450R

      August 20, 2022 at 5:56 pm

      Yes and it will feed into the new toll road they are building, meaning that you will usually be able to skip by a lot of the south San Diego traffic I assume. It should become a very popular crossing point once it opens.

  • amandae

    August 20, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    I had heard about this some time ago but didn’t realize how far along this project already was. Here’s a video on the toll road:


  • DuckDive

    August 20, 2022 at 7:31 pm

    What would be REALLY awesome would be if they build as many lanes as San Ysidro has and actually staff all of them.

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