New freeway connectors help reduce border congestion
Three freeway connectors that link SR 905 and SR 11 to the northbound South Bay Expressway opened to traffic today.
More than 7,000 trucks travel across the Otay Mesa Border Crossing every day. The heavy traffic here during rush hour has caused major headaches for anyone trying to get to toll road 125 from state routes 905 and 11.
“We need very effective borders, but we also need good access to and from them,” said Eduardo Acosta, executive director, Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce.
SANDAG promises things will get a lot smoother now that it has opened three key freeway connectors linking the 905 east, the 905 north and 11 west to the northbound South Bay Expressway.
“Drivers can head north quickly and efficiently cutting congestion reducing pollution and reducing green house gas omissions but most important reducing the traffic and making it easier on everybody,” said Ron Roberts, chairman, SANDAG.
Before the connectors, vehicles exiting the Otay Mesa Port of Entry had no direct access to northbound 125 and drivers were forced to use local streets just to get there.
“Last year alone, the Otay Mesa Port of Entry processed 7.8 million north bound vehicles over $42 billlion worth of goods,” said Roberts.
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Now, the new access will provide another option of travel for people living in southern San Diego and eastern Chula Vista. Drivers can avoid congestion on the 805 and the 5 by going east on the 905 and north on the 125.
“This is just another piece of the puzzle of building the border network and facilitating trade and movement from private vehicles and commercial vehicles,” said Mario Orso, trade corridor director, CALTRANS.
The project is an important part to the south bay rapid project which SANDAG says will provide new MTS bus service from the border to downtown San Diego in two years.
“People should start taking note that when you start building bridges and not walls, you really start becoming more efficient,” said Acosta.
Now that the northbound connectors are complete, officials with SANDAG say they are hard at work finishing up designs on the southbound connectors.
That project expected to begin construction in 20-18.