FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
SAN FOR DIEGO – Today, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved accepting $22.7M in Trade Corridor Enhancement Program (TCEP) grant funding from the California Transportation Commission to construct the La Media Road Improvements Project (Project) in Otay Mesa.
The Project consists of widening La Media Road from State Route 905 to the U.S.-Mexico border, critical for southbound truck traffic heading to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. The Project will also improve drainage at the intersection of La Media Road and Airway Road and is critical to enhancing the State’s Trade Corridor.
“The La Media Road Project is a critical trade corridor for our economy in California,” said Councilmember Vivian Moreno. “This project will repair a vital piece of our freight transportation network and make cross border commerce more efficient while lowering greenhouse gas emissions by reducing truck idling and congestion caused by trucks on local streets.”
According to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) in 2019, California exported nearly $30 billion worth of goods to Mexico. More than 2 million trucks carried $48 billion in imported and exported goods through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry in 2019. The main goal of TCEP is to fund infrastructure improvements along trade corridors with a high volume of freight movement.
The total estimated cost of the Project is $42.7 million. More information on La Media Road Improvement Project can be found here.