U.S. and Mexico Officials Break Ground On $700 Million Border Infrastructure Project

December 11, 2013

U.S. and Mexico officials joined together on Tuesday near Otay Mesa Road and SR 125 to wave orange flags and signal construction crews to begin work on a $700 million border infrastructure project, KPBS reports. The goal of the new freeway, and eventually a new port of entry, is to cut border wait times and boost cross-border trade. 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.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales says the project will expand economic opportunities in San Diego and across the state.  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.

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