Long-Awaited Cross-Border Highway Complete

The new six-lane highway 905 near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry will open July 30

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    If you commute across the border you will soon have a new freeway to take.

    The interchange will connect the 805 freeway to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

    Highway to Connect 805 to Border Crossing

    [DGO] Highway to Connect 805 to Border Crossing
    Preparations are underway for the opening of a long-awaited south county freeway. It will connect Interstate 805 to the Otay Mesa border crossing. (Published Thursday, Jul 19, 2012)

    The six-lane freeway will help move scores of big rigs across the border crossing and many believe it will also open the door to more international opportunities.

    Caltrans officials say the new 6.3-mile long interchange will help ease congestion in Otay Mesa, which is expected to triple by 2030.

    Wednesday’s ceremony marked the grand opening of the third and final phase of the nearly
    $450 million dollar freeway project.

    For more than two decades the Otay Mesa region has struggled to get a handle on a growing commerce from local to international exports.

    Around 68,000 vehicles a day clog Otay Mesa Road which runs parallel to the 905.

    Alejandra Mier Y Teran with the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce says the area has been long overdue for an infrastructural upgrade.

    "Companies are attracted to freeways, they want that exposure and we have not had it," Said Mier Y Teran.

    After 10 years in the making, leaders from both sides of the border are welcoming the new 905 freeway with open arms.

    "We have the infrastructure now, we have the property prices, we have the available industrial land and we have a very significant labor pool that's available, adds Mier Y Teran.

    Leaders from the region's neighbor city of Tijuana also applaud the project's final completion.

    "This will help us a lot. Both cities, coming and going as well as improving our economic issues, not only for both cities, but both countries," Said Alfonso Bustamante Anchondo Honorary Director of Binational Affairs for the City of Tijuana.

    The freeway was funded by local, state and federal stimulus money.

    The SR-905 freeway officially opens to traffic July 30th.

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