WAIT TIMES INTO THE U.S. San Ysidro - All Traffic: Vehicles: 0:45 Pedestrians: 0:35 Ready Lanes: Vehicles: 0:35 Pedestrians: Lanes Closed Sentri Lanes: Vehicles: 0:10
Otay Mesa - All Traffic: Vehicles: 1:00 Pedestrians: no delay Ready Lanes: Vehicles: 1:00 Pedestrians: Lanes Closed Sentri Lanes: Vehicles: 0:10 Cargo Standard: 1:00 Cargo FAST: 0:40
Tecate - All Traffic: Vehicles: 0:10 Pedestrians: no delay Ready Lanes: Vehicles: N/A Pedestrians: N/A Sentri Lanes: Vehicles: N/A
WAIT TIMES INTO MEXICO Tijuana - I-5: No Wait I-805: No Wait

Unprecedented Expansion and Modernization of the Regional Ports of Entry

Category: Regional Cross-Border Initiatives


  • Mexico has invested more than $100 million to expand and modernize capacity at El Chaparral and Otay Mesa.
  • At the San Ysidro crossing in the U.S., current construction of a $740-million “Port of the Future” project:
  • Surface area 365,000 sq. ft. (34,000 m2)
  • Thirty-eight new inspection booths
  • Design and technology to reduce border wait times and improve national security, comfort for federal employees, and the traveler’s experience.
  • Enhancement of U.S. Customs and Border Protection mission capacity.
  • Realignment of Interstate 5 to connect with the approach to the Mexican port of entry.
  • Addition of a bidirectional pedestrian crossing and multimodal transit center.
  • First and only LEED Platinum U.S. land port of entry.
  • Targeting Net Zero: energy consumed will equal energy produced on site.



  • Near the current Otay Mesa crossing in the U.S., a totally new port of entry for trucks and passenger vehicles, representing an investment of aproximately 1 Billion dollars:
  • Conceived to provide fast and predictable southbound crossings via tolled approach roads connecting directly to a new state-of-the-art port of entry for personal and commercial vehicles.
  • Aiming to reduce average wait time to 20 minutes.
  • Product of a partnership between the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), with support from the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce.
  • Three construction segments:
  • A four-lane freeway between State Road 905 and Enrico Fermi Drive and three freeway-to-freeway connectors linking State Road 905 and State Road 11 to northbound State Road 125 (completed).
  • A four-lane toll highway from Enrico Fermi Drive to the new Otay Mesa Port of Entry, with a new Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility (completion expected in 2019).
  • New port of entry (completion expected in 2019).
  • Three construction segments:
  • An integrated approach to providing advanced traveler information for the region’s major ports of entry.
  • A new border wait time detection system feeding advanced traveler alert capabilities.
  • Use of electronic variable toll rates as a demand management strategy at Otay Mesa East.

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