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Freeway project to connect new border crossing

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - U.S. and Mexican officials are scheduled Tuesday to break ground on a new freeway project that will connect a planned border crossing east of Otay Mesa to the area's highway system.

The 2.5-mile state Route 11 will be built in three stages.

The $112 million first segment will include connectors to state Route 905 and a stretch of new highway from that freeway east to Enrico Fermi Drive.

Segments planned for the future will extend the highway to the border and create a new border crossing. Other plans call for toll roads approaching the border, crossing both north and south of the border, allowing travelers the opportunity to pay a fee to get to the border more quickly and avoid lengthy waits.

According to the San Diego Association of Government, $54 billion worth of goods move across the region's borders annually, yet truckers regularly face waits that exceed two hours at each crossing.

Among the dignitaries scheduled to attend are Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, D-San Diego, county Supervisor Greg Cox, San Diego Association of Governments Chairman Jack Dale, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego Remedios Gomez-Arnau, and state of Baja Director of International Relations Mariano Escobedo.

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