Calif. Senate approves third border crossing with Mexico

Published 30 May 08 03:49 PM


2:03 p.m. May 29, 2008


SACRAMENTO – San Diego County can build a toll-crossing into Mexico to ease congestion at existing crossings under a bill approved by the state Senate.

The bill permits the San Diego Association of Governments to build and operate Highway 11 and a new federal Otay Mesa East Port of Entry. The project would be funded with bonds repaid by a toll on those crossing the international border.

Sen. Denise Ducheny, a Democrat from San Diego, says the state needs a third border crossing because of long lines and delays at existing crossings.
Although the crossing would be a public-private partnership, Ducheny says the state would own the highway.

The measure passed 33-2 on Thursday without spoken opposition. It now goes to the Assembly.


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