Heads up, drivers: Last exit before border crossing is moving

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LATEST: Day 1 for the new location brought some confusion, excitement Thursday.

SAN DIEGO — Drivers who frequently cross the U.S.-Mexico border in Otay Mesa, or who often drive through that area, should be aware of a change to the freeway that’s helping pave the way for a new port of entry.

The Siempre Viva Road off-ramp — the last U.S. exit on state Route 905 — will be relocated east of its current location Thursday. That means travelers who don’t want to cross the border to Mexico will exit a half-mile earlier than before. Drivers will still have access to a dedicated U-turn in the median if they mistakenly pass the off-ramp and are approaching the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

Caltrans and SANDAG crews fully closed eastbound SR-905 between La Media Road and Siempre Viva Road from Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. to Thursday, Oct. 7 at 4 a.m. to complete the change. During that closure, drivers were detoured via the La Media Road off-ramp, Caltrans said.

The agency says relocating the off-ramp is a key step in the project adding a third port of entry in the San Diego area by 2024. The new crossing option — consisting of a new toll road, State Route 11, and the new Otay Mesa East Port of Entry — are aimed at reducing wait times throughout the region and providing more options for the roughly 100,000 people who cross in and out of the U.S. and Tijuana daily for work, school, doctors visits, shopping and more.

You can read more about the project on the Transnet website.

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