U.S. and Mexican officials to break ground on new border crossing

SAN DIEGO – U.S. and Mexican officials are scheduled today to break ground on a new freeway project that will connect a planned border crossing east of Otay Mesa to the area’s highway system.

The 2.5-mile state Route 11 will be built in three stages.

The $112 million first segment will include connectors to state Route 905 and a stretch of new highway from that freeway east to Enrico Fermi Drive.

Segments planned for the future will extend the highway to the border and create a new border crossing. Other 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 and avoid lengthy waits.

According to the San Diego Association of Government, $54 billion worth of goods move across the region’s borders annually, yet truckers regularly face waits that exceed two hours at each crossing.

Among the dignitaries scheduled to attend are Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, county Supervisor Greg Cox, San Diego Association of Governments Chairman Jack Dale, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego Remedios Gomez-Arnau, and state of Baja Director of International Relations Mariano Escobedo.

8 Responses to "U.S. and Mexican officials to break ground on new border crossing"

  1. Ray (the real one)   December 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

    There are so many border crossings and subways from Mexico to the U.S. what part of news is this.

    Why not just open the gate and watch the flood. The U.S. taxpayer needs a gazillion dollar deficit.

  2. So Ronry   December 10, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    He’s so ronry….

  3. Fallbrook Dude   December 10, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Yeah, NAFTA was such a great deal, we need to open more border crossing to get screwed by "free trade".

  4. windrider   December 10, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    I visited Mexico for the first time over the recent holiday weekend. To get home I joined the queue to cross the border at 1pm on Sunday, and waited, and waited, and eventually reached the front of the queue just before 8pm, almost 7 hours later. Clearly something needs to be done. It may be a while before I visit again.

  5. @ windrider   December 11, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Sorry to tell you, from experience, but the Thanksgiving weekend is the WORST time of year to cross the border. i have waited 6 hours myself. Other regular weekends are not that much better either, about 2-3 hours. Ever since 9-11, it is the biggest PITA to cross the border. If you have the Ready Lane card, it’s a LITTLE better, but not by much. Even when there are 20 cars in line, it’ll still take you HOURS to get across. Some of the officers are really cool, and some are just D***s! If they don’t like the job, they should move on and not make it a pain just because you wanted to go visit Mexico.

  6. Ray (the real one)   December 11, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Windrider: Suggestion……. Don`t go.

  7. @ 6   December 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Suggestion…. be quiet.

  8. Ray (the real one)   December 12, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Love that part in the article "breaking ground". Happens every day thirty feet below.


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