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2021 Surface Transportation Requests

April 27, 2021

Each public project is of critical importance to the region and its residents.

Projects funded through the surface transportation authorization legislation will come directly from the Highway Trust Fund.

The requests are listed in order of amount requested.

Request 1

Project Name: Interstate 15/State Route 78 Improvement Project

Location: Inland North County, San Diego County. Zip Code: 92026

Sponsor: Caltrans District 11 and San Diego Association of Governments

Requested Amount: $20 million

Other Information: This project would improve connections between I-15 and SR-78 by adding a westbound auxiliary lane between Nordahl Road and Woodland Parkway/Barham Drive, and three miles of new Managed Lanes on SR-78 between San Marcos Boulevard and I-15. These connectors are intended to improve community connectivity and traffic flow on and between the two corridors, increase access to homes and jobs, and improve overall quality of life in north inland San Diego County. This project is a partnership with Caltrans, SANDAG, and the City of San Marcos, focused on increasing local access while improving connectivity between the growing economic, educational, medical, and residential hubs in San Diego County.

Request 2

Project Name: State Route 11/ Otay Mesa East Port of Entry

Location: 2 miles east of the existing Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Near Zip Code: 92154

Sponsor: Caltrans District 11 and San Diego Association of Governments

Requested Amount: $12.5 million

The State Route 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry project represents the work of state, federal, regional, and local stakeholders to improve this land port of entry and companion transportation facilities. This port of entry will integrate innovative technologies aimed to reduce border crossing wait times, traffic congestion, and vehicular emissions while enhancing legal crossborder travel, safety, and trade to increase national resiliency. The Otay Mesa East Port of Entry has been highlighted as a key project by the State of California since the new border crossing will implement strategies identified in the National Freight Strategic Plan, 2021 California-Baja California Border Master Plan, California Freight Mobility Plan 2020, and California Sustainable Freight Action Plan.

Request 3

Project Name: State Route 52 Congestion Improvement Project

Location: East County, San Diego County. Zip Code: 92119

Sponsor: City of Santee and San Diego Association of Governments

Requested Amount: $6 million

Other Information: The project will improve congestion of a major east-west corridor in San Diego County by constructing a westbound truck climbing line from Mast Boulevard to I-15 and eliminating an eastbound bottleneck by restriping to add an additional travel lane.

Threaded between MCAS Miramar and Mission Trails Regional Park, state Route 52 is a regionally significant east-west freeway in San Diego County, CA.  It connects east county residents to employment centers in the west and north, with daily volumes over 100,000 vehicles and 3,000 trucks.  It’s a major economic connection for freight from the US-Mexico border via SR 125 and interstate traffic from Arizona.

You may read the three letters to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure outlining these requests here, here, and here