*2019 Crossing Stats Available Visit: https://smartbordercoalition.com/blog/facts-and-figures
WAIT TIMES INTO THE U.S. San Ysidro - All Traffic: Vehicles: 1:00 Pedestrians: 0:20 Ready Lanes: Vehicles: 0:45 Pedestrians: 0:20 Sentri Lanes: Vehicles: 0:15
Otay Mesa - All Traffic: Vehicles: 0:45 Pedestrians: no delay Ready Lanes: Vehicles: 0:35 Pedestrians: no delay Sentri Lanes: Vehicles: no delay Cargo Standard: Lanes Closed Cargo FAST: Lanes Closed
Tecate - All Traffic: Vehicles: Lanes Closed Pedestrians: Lanes Closed Ready Lanes: Vehicles: N/A Pedestrians: N/A Sentri Lanes: Vehicles: N/A
WAIT TIMES INTO MEXICO Tijuana - I-5: 0:11 I-805: No Wait

SR 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project

Category: Regional Cross-Border Initiatives


 SR 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project

The State Route 11 (SR 11)/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project (OME POE) is a joint venture between 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 mega-region that will enhance regional mobility and fuel economic growth and binational trade.

The proposed border improvements will provide fast, predictable, and secure border crossings by constructing a four-lane tolled road connecting directly to a state-of-the-art Customs & Border Protection Land Port of Entry and a California Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility.

Additional improvements include:

- New border wait time detection system
- Advanced traveler information to improve route planning
- Optimized port of entry capacity to decrease congestion and wait times 



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.

Currently, more than 90 percent of California-Mexico trade is moved by truck. In 2018, the Otay Mesa and Tecate ports of entry processed a combined $47.5 billion in total bilateral trade, and that number is expected to grow over the coming years.

The SR 11/OME POE project will facilitate job growth and new economic opportunities for private sectors on both sides of the border.

Reducing vehicle wait times and building in smart technologies will help reduce emissions and improve air quality in the border region.