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.