More lane closures planned at San Ysidro Port of Entry

SAN DIEGO -- Following the three-day shutdown of southbound lanes at the San Ysidro Port of Entry next month, two southbound lanes will close for eight weeks as a new phase of construction begins.

The first closure, scheduled for September 23, will allow for the removal of a large canopy that now spans Interstate 5. During those three days, drivers will be rerouted to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

Following that closure, the five southbound lanes will be reduced to three, which will create extended delays for the 80,000 drivers and passengers who drive into Mexico from San Ysidro.

"We're constructing 10 new southbound lanes to connect to Mexico from the existing five, cleaning up the curve into Mexico where people have to make a 110-degree curve to get into Mexican Port. This is going to make for a gentler curve," said Anthony Kleppe of the General Services Administration.

Originally, the phase was supposed to last three months, but Kleppe says they have been able to cut it down to an eight-week period. Kleppe says they hope to have all the work in this phase done before Thanksgiving.