Senator Boxer: New Infrastructure and Jobs for San Diego County
Friday, February 26, 2010
I am pleased to let you know about the announcement of a major federal investment in a much-needed project for San Diego County. The Otay Mesa Port of Entry and SR 905 are key to international interchange. However, SR 905 requires major upgrades to support the amount of traffic from the border.
I have long worked to advance the SR 905 project. Last year, I supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which funded an investment of $74 million in SR 905. When I visited Otay Mesa earlier this year, I could see for myself that the project has created many good-paying construction jobs that have put local residents to work. I vowed to keep working to secure additional funding to improve this major road and keep people working.
The Department of Transportation recently announced $20 million in new funding to help support the work being done to improve SR 905. This investment will be used to complete the final interchange between Interstate 805 and the new SR 905 at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry, the only commercial-vehicle crossing between San Diego and Tijuana. In all, this grant is the last piece of funding for the $449 million SR 905 project.
I am very pleased that this funding from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant program will be used to put people to work and solve a significant infrastructure problem for local residents.
U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer