California State Route 11

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State Route 11

SR 11 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length1.7 mi[1] (2.7 km)
Major junctions
West end
SR 125 Toll / SR 905 in Otay Mesa
East endEnrico Fermi Drive in Otay Mesa
CountryUnited States
CountiesSan Diego
Highway system
I-10 SR 12

State Route 11 (SR 11) is a state highway in the U.S. state of California. The first phase of the highway opened in 2016, connecting SR 125 and SR 905 with Enrico Fermi Drive in the Otay Mesa area of San Diego. It is planned to be extended from Enrico Fermi Drive to the proposed U.S.–Mexico border crossing at Otay Mesa East. There are also plans for an interchange at Siempre Viva Road and to convert the highway to a toll road once the entire route is completed. Planning for the road began in the 1990s, and construction started in 2013.

Route description

SR 11 is proposed to be a toll facility that will serve a new border crossing east of Otay Mesa,[3] the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry. It will connect SR 125 and SR 905 to the Corredor Tijuana-Rosarito 2000 corridor that connects to Mexican Federal Highway 2D and Mexican Federal Highway 2 to Tecate, and Mexican Federal Highway 1D to Ensenada.[4]

As of 2022, the portion from SR 125 and SR 905 to Enrico Fermi Drive is completed.[1] On that segment, plans were to construct two interchanges at Enrico Fermi Drive and Siempre Viva Road as the proposed route curves to the southeast before reaching the border crossing.[5] SR 11 will operate as a toll road once the entire route is completed.[1]


SR 11 was re-added to the state highway system in 1994.[2] Four years later, several parties, including District 11 of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), the City and County of San Diego, the San Diego Association of Governments, and Tijuana were signatories to a Letter of Intent to build the border crossing.[6] The route was added to the California Freeway and Expressway System in 1999.[7] In 2009, Senate Bill 1486 was passed, and the presidential permit in 2008 allowed for the border crossing to be constructed. By the following year, several alternatives were considered to construct some or even none of the interchanges or remove the proposed toll on the route.[4] State funding is allocated to cover much of the $400 million costs, not including the port of entry for another $350 million. The California Transportation Commission endorsed the project in January 2012,[5] and approved the proposed freeway route that December.[6]

Before being upgraded to a freeway between Britannia Boulevard and Siempre Viva Road, SR 905 directly connected with SR 125 via two at-grade intersections on Otay Mesa Road.[8] When Caltrans opened that segment of the SR 905 freeway in 2010, they omitted the interchange with SR 125, forcing traffic on SR 905 and SR 125 to exit their respective freeways and use Otay Mesa Road (which SR 905 followed at that time) to make the connection. To help fix this problem, a direct freeway-to-freeway interchange was planned, which also included SR 11 once it was to be constructed,[9] with construction beginning in late 2015.[10] Ramps from SR 905 eastbound to SR 125 northbound, SR 905 westbound to SR 125 northbound, and SR 11 westbound to SR 125 northbound were completed on November 30, 2016, at the cost of over $21 million.[11] Prior to December 16, 2021, traffic on southbound SR 125 was forced to exit onto Otay Mesa Road at that toll road's then southern terminus in order to connect to SR 11 and SR 905. Construction on the ramps for these connections began in 2018,[12] with the ramps from SR 125 southbound to SR 11 eastbound and SR 125 southbound to SR 905 eastbound being completed on December 16, 2021, at the cost of $74 million.[13] The ramp from SR 125 southbound to SR 905 westbound, which was still under construction at the time, was initially scheduled to open to traffic in 2023,[14] but was instead opened to traffic on July 26, 2022, finally completing the interchange.[15] There are no plans to construct the remaining connections from SR 905 westbound to SR 11 eastbound and SR 11 westbound to SR 905 eastbound.


Plans are to construct the road in three stages: the interchange with SR 125 and SR 905 and the road to Enrico Fermi Drive, continuing the construction to the commercial vehicle facility, and building the border crossing itself.[5] The first part of construction—connecting to SR 905—started on December 10, 2013, and was completed on March 19, 2016. The entire road was completed in 2017. Tolls are planned for the road in order to keep delays for crossing the border low, and this would vary depending on the current traffic at the other crossings in the area. The funds would go to both countries.[1][16][17]

The second phase, connecting to the future Otay Mesa East Port of Entry, began construction in August 2019 and is scheduled to be completed in late 2021.[18] Construction of the port of entry is scheduled to begin in 2022 and finish in 2024.[19]

Exit list

The entire route is in San Diego, San Diego County.

SR 905 west
No access to SR 905 east; west end of SR 11; SR 905 exit 8; future I-905
0.320.511ALa Media RoadWestbound exit only

SR 125 Toll north (South Bay Expressway)
Signed as exit 1B westbound; southern terminus of SR 125
1.402.251BEnrico Fermi DriveCurrent at-grade intersection and east end of SR 11; future diverging diamond interchange
2Siempre Viva RoadProposed interchange[5]
Mexico–United States border (Otay Mesa East Port of Entry)[5]
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c d "1st Segment of SR-11 Opens Along Border". 10 News. March 19, 2016. Archived from the original on March 22, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2016.
  2. ^ a b California State Assembly. An act to amend Section 2982.2 of, and to add Section 3068.2 to, the Civil Code, to amend Sections 40084.5, 40088, and 40089 of the Education Code, to amend Section 29601 of, to amend and renumber Section 14035.6 of, to... 1993–1994 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 1220.
  3. ^ Hawkins, Robert J. (January 11, 2011). "Hearing Set on Border Highway and Crossing". San Diego Union-Tribune. p. B2. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  4. ^ a b Sturmer, Kim (December 2010). "State Route-11 Transportation Concept Summary" (PDF). California Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e California Department of Transportation (August 2013). "SR 11/Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Fact Sheet" (PDF) (in Spanish). California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 31, 2021. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  6. ^ a b California Transportation Commission (December 6, 2012). "Estimated Timed Agenda" (PDF). pp. 249–251. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
    "Minutes" (PDF). California Transportation Commission. December 6, 2015. Retrieved July 2, 2015.
  7. ^ "Assembly Bill No. 1650; CHAPTER 724; An act to amend Sections 14076.2 and 103113 of, and to repeal Section 14451 of, the Government Code, to amend Section 20300 of, and to amend the heading of Article 16 (commencing with Section 20300) of Chapter 1 of Part 3 of Division 2 of, the Public Contract Code, to amend Sections 28748.8, 100000, 100011, and 131268 of, to amend the heading of Part 12 (commencing with Section 100000) of Division 10 of, to add Section 100002 to, the Public Utilities Code, to amend Sections 8503 and 8504 of, and to amend Section 10753 of, the Revenue and Taxation Code, to amend Sections 104.18, 253.1, 253.7, 318, 344, 366, 383, 391.1, 442, 559, 635, and 2104 of, to repeal Section 574 of, and to amend and renumber Section 630 of, the Streets and Highways Code, to amend Sections 2800, 4604.5, 5002.7, 13102, 14104.5, 14105, 14105.5, 15300, 15302, 21753, 22349, 22406, 23620, 29004, 34500, 34520, 34631.5, 40001, 40303, 42001.1, and 42005 of, to add Sections 407.5, 15309, 15311, and 29004 to, to repeal Section 21100.4 of, and to amend, repeal, and add Section 35160 of, the Vehicle Code, and to amend Section 6 of Chapter 1159 of the Statutes of 1993, relating to transportation, and making an appropriation therefor". California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  8. ^ Thomas Brothers (2009). San Diego County Road Atlas (Map). 1:22,800. Chicago: Rand McNally. pp. 1231, 1251, 1271, 1291, 1311, 1331, 1351.
  9. ^ Kuhney, Jen (July 19, 2012). "New Freeway Segment at Border Celebrated". U-T San Diego. p. B2.
  10. ^ City News Service (October 26, 2015). "Construction Begins On Otay Mesa Border Freeway Connection". KPBS. San Diego. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  11. ^ Stewart, Joshua (November 30, 2016). "New roads between border, South Bay Highways, completed". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Jeff Light.
  12. ^ "SR 905/SR 125/SR 11 Northbound Connectors Project Fact Sheet" (PDF). Caltrans website. California Department of Transportation. October 2016. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  13. ^ Mendoza, Alexandra (December 17, 2021). "New freeway connectors set stage for Otay Mesa East border project". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Jeff Light. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  14. ^ Meyer, Matt; Sarkissian, Jacqueline (December 16, 2021). "New freeway ramps make it easier to reach border, future port of entry". Nexstar Media Group. KSWB-TV. Retrieved May 11, 2022.
  15. ^ Jennewein, Chris (July 26, 2022). "Key Freeway Connection Opens in Otay Mesa, Improving Cross-Border Travel". Times of San Diego. Retrieved July 27, 2022.
  16. ^ Dibble, Sandra (December 11, 2013). "New Border Crossing Plan Takes First Step". U-T San Diego. p. B1.
    "Corrections". U-T San Diego. December 12, 2013. p. A2.
  17. ^ "Toll Proposed at Otay East". U-T San Diego. February 1, 2015. p. SD3.
  18. ^ Smith, Joshua Emerson (July 31, 2019). "Final construction of state Route 11 kicking off, linking to future Otay Mesa border crossing". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  19. ^ Mendoza, Alexandra (June 29, 2021). "California, Mexico sign agreement to open new Otay Mesa border crossing by late 2024". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  20. ^ a b Reynoso, S.; Howe, D. "State Route 11 Freeway Interchanges" (PDF). California Numbered Exit Uniform System. Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 9, 2012.

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