Work starts on new toll road near San Diego

| 9/17/2003

California is building a new toll road near San Diego that is expected to relieve some of the traffic problems near one of the area’s border crossings with Mexico, The San Diego Channel reported recently.

The new road will extend state Route 125 9.3 miles from state Route 54 to state Route 905.

The end of the new extension is near the Otay Mesa international border crossing, the television station reported.

The highway is being built through a partnership with California Transportation Ventures, a private firm.

According to the firm’s Web site, the highway extension, which will be called the San Miguel Mountain Parkway, will complete the San Diego area’s north-south freeway network, and connect industrial areas with residential areas in Chula Vista.

The extension is actually 11 miles long, but the first 1.5 miles is being publicly financed. The remainder is being constructed privately through a bill passed in California in 1989.

The road will initially have two lanes in each direction, with room to expand to three or four lanes each direction in the future.