Introduction

The State Route 11 (SR 11)/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (POE) Project is a joint venture between the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and Caltrans, in collaboration with state and federal partners in the U.S. and Mexico, to create a 21st century border crossing for the San Diego-Baja California region that will enhance regional mobility and fuel economic growth and binational trade. The new port of entry will be clean, green, and smart. 

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Project Purpose and Need

As the U.S.-Mexico border region grows, there is a need to improve the commercial movement of goods, services, and passengers through an efficient, integrated system to bolster the local, state, federal, and international economies. In 2019, the Otay Mesa and Tecate ports of entry processed a combined $48.3 billion in total bilateral trade, and that number is expected to grow over the coming years. The SR 11/Otay Mesa East POE project will facilitate job growth and new economic opportunities for private sectors on both sides of the border.

Project Benefits

This project will reduce vehicle wait times and greenhouse gas emissions that will improve air quality in the border region. These improvements will provide a direct connection to the new port of entry, helping to enable fast, predictable, and secure border crossings.

Project Status

Construction is currently underway on the final segment of SR 11, the future toll road, and the SR 125/SR 11/SR 905 southbound connector ramps which are part of the overall SR 11/Otay Mesa East POE project.  For additional project information, please visit sandag.org/SR11.

Multimodal Connections to Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Feasibility Study

The SR 11 / Otay Mesa East POE represents more than a decade of work that has brought together state, federal, regional, and local stakeholders. The POE will be the nation’s first transformative land POE to integrate innovative technologies that improve regional security and safety, bolster binational economic productivity, provide resiliency to the border transportation network, enhance mobility and efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, enhance health in surrounding environmental justice communities, and foster innovative strategies. Recently studies showed a benefit-cost ratio of 10-1, meaning for every dollar spent on the project there would be $10 in benefits to California realized. The project has been highlighted as a key project by the State of California since the new border crossing will implement strategies identified in the National Freight Strategic Plan, 2021 California-Baja California Border Master Plan, California Freight Mobility Plan 2020, and California Sustainable Freight Action Plan.

Currently, the Otay Mesa East POE right-of-way includes 4-6 acres for a future transit station, already environmentally cleared. The project sponsors are seeking to conduct a feasibility study to provide critical input into the appropriate multimodal connections (transit, bike, and pedestrian) leading to the OME POE to provide equitable transportation options for the binational communities.

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