Nw Jobs to Expand Interstate

By Susan Taylor
|  Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010  |  Updated 4:47 PM PDT
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It's expected to enhance trade along the U.S. Mexico border.

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A new highway project is under way that's expected to create more jobs for San Diegans. 

The six-lane expansion of Interstate 905 is expected to create 1,400 new jobs and enhance trade between the U.S. and Mexico.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, a strong advocate of the project, visited the site Tuesday.

"More than 2 million trucks passed through the California-Baja California ports of entry in 2005, with 70 percent in Otay Mesa alone," Boxer said. "This figure is expected to double by 2020. So the facts are on our side for why we think this is important. Keeping these goods flowing swiftly, safely and smoothly are crucial to keeping San Diego's economy moving  forward." 

According to officials, the project received more than $74 million in funding from the Obama administration's economic stimulus package.
 

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