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  1. Rte 905 Seg 1The international boundary near Border Field northeasterly to Route 5.

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    In 1986, Chapter 928 defined this segment as part of Route 905.

    Status Status

    Unconstructed This part of the routing is unconstructed. This is an environmentally sensitive area, and there are no plans to develop this segment.


  2. Rte 905 Seg 2Route 5 near the south end of San Diego Bay to the International Boundary southerly of Brown Field.

    Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

    In 1986, Chapter 928 defined this segment as part of Route 905. It was a transfer from Route 117, was added. In 1986, the original Route 117 routing was lengthened when the portion from Route 125 to the International Boundary was transferred from Route 125.Caltrans assumed maintenance of this segment from the border to Route 125 on 7/1/1990.

    125 75 adoptionThis section of Route 905 was brought into the Freeway & Expressway System in 1959, and it is part of the National Highway System (NHS). The route begins at the Point of Entry (POE), United States/Mexico Otay Mesa border crossing, and proceeds north to northwest to I-5. It has major interchanges with Route 125, I-5, and I-805. On June 29, 1965, the California Highway Commission adopted Route 75 segment (a), later renumbered as Route 117, and now Route 905, as a freeway from I-5 to Route 125. On January 2, 1969, a Freeway Agreement with the County of San Diego was executed for Route 905 between Heritage Road and Route 125 at Otay Mesa Road. The route is part of the Interregional Road System, from 1.6 kilometers (1.0 miles) east of Heritage Road to the POE. The portion of Route 905 from I-5 to I-805 is designated as part of the national network for the Surface Transportation Assistance Act. The portion of Route 905 from I-5 to 2.1 kilometers (1.3 miles) east of I-805 is constructed. The remaining portion of Route 905 to Route 125 is currently unconstructed. Route 905 is the primary east-west interregional route between the Otay Mesa border area of San Diego County and the cities of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, and the San Diego metropolitan region.

    On March 24, 1983, the Commission adopted Route 905 (Route 125) from the Port of Entry to Otay Mesa road 0.8 kilometers (0.5 miles) west of Harvest Road. The members of the CTC expressed support for the extension project, the construction of Route 905 from 0.1 kilometers (0.06 miles) east of I-805 to the Port of Entry, during a tour of Route 905 and the Otay Mesa Border on September 19, 1997. On October 3, 2001, the Commission adopted a portion of Otay Mesa Road as a traversable highway from 2.1 kilometers (1.3 miles) east of I-805 to 2.1 kilometers (1.3 miles) west of the Port of Entry. This adoption provided for a state highway between I-805 and the Port of Entry. Traffic currently uses Otay Mesa Road as a traversable highway. The Department approved the Project Report for the Route 905 extension project on July 30, 2004. On October 28, 2004, the Commission adopted a portion of Route 905 from the junction with Route 125 to the Port of Entry.

    Pre 1964 Signage History Pre 1964 Signage History

    This routing was approximately LRN 281, defined in 1959, although its proposed routing was slighly N of the current Route 905.

    Status Status

    The original road, Otay Mesa Road, was a four to six lane road. It has heavy truck traffic and no center divider. It is maintained by the City of San Diego. There are "End CA-905" signs where the freeway ends just east of I-805. Where the road turns south toward Mexico, there are "BEGIN CA-905" signs. Some portions of this, near RM 12.0, were up for relinquishment in February 2001.

    Route 905 Freeway

    [TCRP 86]Part (2) of the routing was unconstructed from 1 mi E of Route 805 to Route 125 in 2001. This is currently under construction, but funding was an issue. However, in June 2001, $25 million towards the project was received from the State Transportation Commission, moving the project closer to its funding goal. This is TCRP Project #86. The state needs an estimated $264 million to build a new seven-mile freeway. Right-of-way acquisition occurred under the Department’s Policy for Early Acquisition. The Final Environmental Impact Statement was approved in July 2004. The size and complexity of the project and numerous design changes required several environmental studies to be redone. In addition, review of the draft and final document by external stakeholders took longer than anticipated. Although right-of-way acquisition proceeded under “Early Acquisition,” the lack of an approved environmental document prevented the purchasing of all the right-of-way necessary for the project. According to Don Hagstrom in October 2002, Route 905 began construction, with an interchange planned at Siempre Viva, the last intersection / stoplight that one reaches when traveling south on Route 905 into Tijuana. The rest of the freeway, from Siempre Viva to just east of I-805 (where the current freeway begins) will go under construction in 2004, with completion set for 2007 or so. Some of the signs announcing the freeway mistakenly have an interstate shield. In April 2006, the CTC considered a request to update the project schedule and funding plan. The updated schedule shows: Phase 1: FY 2004/2005; Phase 2: FY 2006/2007; Phase 3: FY 2007/2008; Phase 4: FY 2010/2011.

    In October 2004, the CTC considered adoption of 1.9 kilometers (1.0 miles) of Freeway for Route 905 in the City of San Diego, San Diego County, from 0.9 kilometers (0.6 miles) east of La Media Road to the Otay Mesa Federal Port of Entry to Mexico. This would serve to extend Route 905 from 0.1 kilometer east of I-805 to the Otay Mesa Federal Port of Entry to reduce congestion, enhance the safe transportation of people, goods, and services, and to improve the mobility of local, regional, interregional, and international traffic. The project is coded ‘HE-14 New Facilities’ and has current funding from a large number of sources including State, Interregional and Regional Transportation Improvement Programs, the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century for the years 2000 to 2004, local funds and Transportation Congestion Relief Program. Construction is scheduled for FY 2006-07. ([PDF] ref).

    The SAFETEA-LU act, enacted in August 2005 as the reauthorization of TEA-21, provided the following expenditures on or near this route:

    • High Priority Project #450: Conduct project design and environmental analysis of Heritage Bridge on Heritage Road (which crosses Route 905) linking Chula Vista to Otay Mesa $2,800,000.
    • High Priority Project #2813: Construct Route 905 to connect the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to I-805, San Diego. $12,000,000.

    In his 2006 Strategic Growth Plan, Governor Schwartzenegger proposed completing Corridor Improvements and constructing a new 6-lane freeway route.

    In March 2006, the CTC considered four public road connections at Heritage Road, Britannia Boulevard, Siempre Viva Road, and Enrico Fermi Drive. Enrico Fermi Drive connects within the Route 905/Route 125 Interchange. The Heritage Road Interchange is based on the opening of the circulation element roads of the City of San Diego General Plan. A diamond-type interchange is proposed at Britannia Boulevard, and a similar interchange is proposed for Siempre Viva Road. A full freeway-to-freeway interchange is proposed to connect Route 905 with Route 125 with a connector to Enrico Fermi Drive. The extension of this route will provide congestion relief for Otay Mesa Road, the only major east-west road currently servicing Otay Mesa and would allow direct access to I-5, I-805, and the Port of Entry. Route 905 would also provide future access to Route 11.

    [Rte 905 Completion]In November and December 2006, Caltrans and San Diego Associated Governments (SANDAG) proposed to the CTC the following State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Amendment for the Route 905 freeway — Otay Mesa project in San Diego County: (1) Program $81,289,000 of SAFETEA-LU Border Infrastructure Program (BIP) funds to Construction in FY 2006-07. (2) Revise the project scope from a four-lane freeway to a six-lane freeway as originally programmed. (3) Shift $9,461,000 programmed in the Interregional Improvement Program (IIP) from Construction to Environmental (PA&ED) and Design (PS&E). (4) Shift $6,355,000 programmed in the IIP from Construction to Construction Support. (5) Shift $1,209,000 programmed in the Regional Improvement Program (RIP) from Construction to Construction Support. This project was originally programmed to provide six travel lanes connecting Route 805 to the Otay Mesa Border POE. The overall project is to be constructed in four phases. Due to escalating construction costs that caused a substantial funding shortfall to the project and to stay within STIP Programming Guidelines, SANDAG and the Department down-scoped Phase 1 of the project to a four-lane freeway from Siempre Viva to Britannia Boulevard in May 2005. In June 2006, a 12-month time extension for the period of project allocation was approved for Construction programmed in FY 2005-06. This allowed time for legislation to establish procedures for programming and accessing SAFETEA-LU BIP funding to fully fund the original six-lane freeway project. The Route 905 project is currently ready for construction, but has an unfunded need of $93,289,000. The proposed programming of $81,289,000 in SAFETEA-LU BIP funds and the availability of $12,000,000 in SAFETEA-LU Earmarks, would fully fund Phase 1 of the original six-lane freeway project. Phase 1 also includes interchanges at Caliente Avenue, Britannia Boulevard, and La Media Road.

    In April 2007, the CTC considered a STIP amendment that would (a) Program $80,000,000 of BIP funds to Right of Way in FY 2006-07, and (b) Revise the project scope from a four- lane freeway to a six- lane freeway from Britannia to Siempre Viva (Phase 1A- Eastern Segment of Phase 1).

    In late 2007, Caltrans started the bidding process for the construction of the freeway from 0.6 Km East of Cactus Road to 0.3 Km West of the Mexico border.

    In February 2009, the CTC was noticed that Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) recommended that the following projects programmed in the Trade Corridors Improvement Fund (TCIF) and the 2008 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) be reprogrammed as a corridor (i.e., with Federal funds), with funding levels to be based on the state funds previously allocated by the California Transportation Commission (Commission) and available local and federal funds:

    • Route 905 Otay Mesa - Phase 1A project (PPNO 0374)
    • Route 905 Otay Mesa - Phase 1B project (PPNO 0703).

    The approved would allow the project to continue by using local or federal funds to meet the immediate cash flow needs of the projects that would otherwise be met with bond funds and the STIP amendment is necessary for this to occur.

    In April 2009, the CTC approved funding this project [Route 905 in San Diego County project (PPNO 0703): Construct 6 Lane Freeway Phase 1B] (as a loan against future bonds) from 2009 Stimulus funds.

    In February 2012, it was reported that the project to widen a connector ramp from westbound Route 905 to northbound I-805 was completed two months early and for $2 million less than expected. The $20 million project included the widening of an auxiliary lane along I-805 from Route 905 to Palm Avenue, and of the Del Sol Boulevard underpass.

    In December 2012, it was reported that the freeway had been completed from I-5 to the International Border.

    In October 2015, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the city of San Diego (11-SD-905U-PM-8.7/10.7 [Otay Mesa Road, Brittania to Harvest], 11-SD-905-R6.4/R10.7 [Otay Mesa Road/Airway to the 11/125/905 interchange]), consisting of a superseded highway and collateral facilities. The City, by cooperative agreement dated December 10, 1996 agreed to accept ownership, operation and maintenance of the superseded highway upon completion of the new Route 905 alignment, and by freeway agreement dated October 10, 2005, agreed to accept title to the collateral facilities of the new alignment upon relinquishment by the State. The 90-day notice period expired November 2, 2015, without exception.

    In December 2013, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the city of San Diego along Route 905 between Britannia Boulevard (approx SD R8.801) and Airway Road (approx SD R10.949), consisting of a collateral facilities, as well as right of way in the city of San Diego along Route 905 between Cactus Road (approx SD R8.289) and Britannia Boulevard (approx SD R8.801), consisting of a collateral facilities.

    In June 2017, the CTC authorized relinquishment of right of way in the county of San Diego along Route 905 on Otay Mesa Road (11-SD-905-PM R10.3/R10.9), consisting of superseded highway and collateral facilities. The County, by letter dated March 9, 2017, agreed to waive the 90-day notice requirement and accept title upon relinquishment by the State.

    Route 905 (approx SD R10.545)/Route 11/Route 125 Connectors

    In December 2012, the CTC updated the description of the Route 905/Route 11 connectors project to be: "In San Diego County near San Diego on Route 905 from 0.1 mile west of Britannia Boulevard overcrossing to 1.6 miles east of La Media Road undercrossing. Route 11 from Route 11/905 Separation to Enrico Fermi Drive and on Route 905 from 0.1 mile East of La Media Road Undercrossing to 0.2 mile West of Airway Road Undercrossing.

    In May 2013, the CTC amended the TCIF Baseline Agreement for Segment 1 of Project 68 – Route 11/Route 905 Freeway to Freeway Connectors project (PPNO 0999A) in San Diego County to update the project funding plan. The CTC also approved $79,700,000 to fund construction.

    In March 2014, the CTC authorized $800,000 for the Route 905/Route 125 Northbound Connectors.

    In June 2014, the CTC amended the project plan to adjust funding, and to adjust the start of the construction phase to August 2014. This relates to the portion of the project that will construct the northbound connectors from Route 905 and future Route 11 to Route 125 near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.

    In January 2015, the CTC authorized $22,657,000 in additional funding for construction of the Route 905/Route 125 Northbound Connectors.

    125 - 905 - 11 ConnectorsIn October 2015, it was reported that work had begun on construction of the connectors between Route 125, Route 905, and Route 11. Officials said over the past two decades, trade between the U.S. and Mexico has grown by an average of 10 percent a year — an increase that exceeds that of U.S. trade with the rest of the world. Last year, more than 800,000 northbound trucks and $39 billion in goods passed through the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. The $21.5 million project is expected to be completed in late 2016. Funding sources include a $15.9 million chunk from Proposition 1B Trade Corridors Improvement Fund and $2.7 million from the TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation uses approved by San Diego County voters, among other funding sources. Caltrans officials said the project is designed to remedy one of the last missing links in the overall border road network. Currently, truckers congest city streets and local roads to access Route 125. The new connectors will create a seamless highway system, greatly reducing wait times at the border, according to Caltrans.
    (Source: KPBS, 10/26/2015)

    In November 2016, it was reported that construction crews just wrapped up a year-long project that will help reduce congestion at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. Three freeway connectors that link Route 905 and Route 11 to the northbound South Bay Expressway (Route 125) opened to traffic. More than 7,000 trucks travel across the Otay Mesa Border Crossing every day. The heavy traffic here during rush hour has caused major headaches for anyone trying to get to toll road Route 125 from Route 905 and Route 11. Before the connectors, vehicles exiting the Otay Mesa Port of Entry had no direct access to northbound 125 and drivers were forced to use local streets just to get there. Now, the new access will provide another option of travel for people living in southern San Diego and eastern Chula Vista. Drivers can avoid congestion on I-805 and I-5 by going east on Route 905 and north on Route 125. Now that the northbound connectors are complete, officials with SANDAG say they are hard at work finishing up designs on the southbound connectors. That project expected to begin construction in 2018.
    (Source: CW 6, 11/30/2016)

    With respect to the Southbound Connectors: In June 2019, it was reported that Skanska has won the construction contract for Route 905 in San Diego, California. The $101 Million contract with California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is for a four-lane highway with freeway connectors on Route 905, located at Otay Mesa, one of three ports of entry in the San Diego-Tijuana Mexico metropolitan region. Construction work includes two freeway-to-freeway flyover bridges that will connect three highways (Route 125, Route 11 and Route 905), as well as a 1.25-mile greenfield extension of Route 11 to the east toward a future port-of-entry. The project will involve more than 15,000m3 of structural concrete, 30,000m3 of concrete paving, 35,000 tons of asphalt, and about 840,000 m3 of earthworks. Construction is scheduled for completion in September 2021.
    (Source: Construction Index, 6/10/2019)

    In June 2019, the CTC amended the TCEP Project Baseline Agreement and established it as the basis for project delivery and monitoring. The amendment programmed $1,708,000 in savings from the TCIF program for construction on the Route 125/Route 905 Connector project (PPNO 1036) in San Diego County. This project is one of six projects included in the Baseline Agreement for the California-Mexico Border System Network Improvements. The Route 125/Route 905 Connector project will construct a freeway to freeway South-West connector, thereby completing the remaining connector needed to integrate three major state roads serving the border region just north of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry at the United States/Mexico border. In May 2018, the project received $21,980,000 in TCEP funding. In August 2018, the California-Mexico Border System Network Improvements Baseline Agreement was approved, including this Route 125/905 Connector project. In February 2019, bid results from an adjacent project along the same corridor reflected a 10 percent increase in project costs. Upon review of those bid results, the project development team prepared a revised cost estimate for the Route 125/905 Connector project using the updated unit prices from the adjacent project. The revised estimate indicated a cost increase of approximately $1,708,000. Therefore, the Department and SANDAG propose to program $1,708,000 in TCIF savings from other projects to this connector project. A construction allocation of the programmed TCEP and TCIF funds is expected to be requested in Fall 2019.
    (Source: June 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.1s.(1))

    In June 2019, the CTC approved deallocating $770,000 from TCIF Project 68.1 – Route 11/Route 905 Freeway to Freeway Connector Project in San Diego County, due to cost savings at the completion of the project. (PPNO 11-0999A)
    (Source: June 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.5g.(5b))

    In June 2019, the CTC amended the Trade Corridors Improvement Fund Program to add the Route 125/Route 905 Connector Project in San Diego County as Project 133, at a cost of $1,708,000. The Route 125/Route 905 Connector Project will construct a southbound Route 125 freeway connector to the westbound Route 905 freeway to integrate three major state roads serving the border region just north of the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. This project will contribute to a safer and more efficient border highway network that will alleviate congestion while providing more reliability for cross border international freight movements. The Trade Corridors Enhancement Program Baseline Agreement, approved in August 2018 will be amended to include the Trade Corridors Improvement Fund, thereby eliminating the need to adopt a stand-alone Trade Corridors Improvement Fund Baseline Agreement. The recently refined engineer’s estimate identified a cost increase of $1,708,000 in construction to bring the total estimated construction cost to $33,108,000. The need for the additional funds is due to updated unit pricing based on recently opened bids on nearby projects. The funding for this amendment is made available through savings generated from other projects programmed in the Trade Corridor Improvement Fund and is consistent with the Trade Corridors Improvement Fund Program Close-Out Policy approved at the May 2019 Commission.
    (Source: June 2019 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 4.27)

    In March 2020, the CTC approved an allocation of $23,636,000 for the State-Administered Multi-Funded TCEP/TCIF Route 125/Route 905  Connector (PPNO 1036) project, on the State Highway System, in San Diego County. Specifically, the resolution was that $18,636,000 be allocated from the Budget Act of 2017 and 2019, Budget Act Items 2660-301-3291 and 2660-304-6056 for construction and $5,000,000 for construction engineering for the State-Administered Multi-Funded TCEP/TCIF project: 11-SD-905 PM 9.8/9.8: Route 125/Route 905 Connector. In and near San Diego at Route 125/Route 905 separation. Construct freeway to freeway South-West connector.
    (Source: March 2020 CTC Minutes, Agenda Item 2.5s.(6))

    In April 2020, it was reported that crews from Skanska US Civil were constructing the final segment of the future Toll Route 11 and the southbound connector ramps, linking southbound Route 125 to eastbound Route 11 and eastbound state Route 905. Construction began on Skanska's contract ($103M) began in July 2019 and will be completed August 2021. Roadway and connector ramp construction currently underway will ultimately provide a direct connection to the new Otay Mesa East Port of Entry and a California Highway Patrol Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facility, helping to enable fast, predictable, and secure border crossings. Since construction began last summer, crews have focused their efforts on building 1.2 new mi. of Route 11 and setting up falsework for the construction of the two connector bridges at the Route 11/Route 905/Route 125 interchange. This work includes roadway and connector ramp construction, earth work, site preparation, and drainage infrastructure installation. Six bridges (cast-in-place box tube girder types) are being constructed for the interchange — two connector and four smaller underpass ones and the paving of Route 11 (east-west) that will connect with the new POE, three lanes in direction, will start in October and be finished in March 2021. One unique aspect of this project is the inclusion of a divergent diamond interchange, one of the first to be built in California. There are two connector bridges at the interchange, one that will connect southbound Route 125 to eastbound Route 11 and the other will connect southbound Route 125 to eastbound Route 905.
    (Source: Construction Equipment Guide, 4/7/2020)

    Siempra Viva Road

    Funding has been considered to build the Siempra Viva Road Interchange (approx SD R11.374). July 2002 CTC Agenda. According to Don Hagstron in May 2003, the project is "progressing nicely. Currently, Siempre Viva has been rerouted to the south of its former location and a new signalized intersection has been created. To the west of Route 905, a temporary roadway takes you over to the existing Siempre Viva near the Arco AM/PM station. This new temporary road actually looks like it might be a piece of the future ramp."

    The Seimpra Viva Road Interchange opened in December 2004. It is a mile-long segment consisting of an interchange connecting Siempre Viva Road to Route 905. Construction of the freeway will be completed in phases, and it was the first phase of four or more to be completed. Eventually, Route 905 will run west to east, connecting Interstates 5 and 805 to the border crossing. It will run parallel to Otay Mesa Road, 1,300 feet south of it, and lead to a relocated port of entry east of the existing one. Caltrans projects the project will cost $309 million. A total of $216 million in funding has been identified for use on the freeway construction, but there is still a shortfall. Completion is expected in 2008, but planners are eager to finish it as soon as possible.

    Naming Naming

    Richard GonzalezThe interchange between I-5 and Route 905 in the County of San Diego is named the "Caltrans Equipment Operator II Richard Gonzalez Memorial Interchange" . It was named in memory of Caltrans Equipment Operator II Richard Gonzalez, a dedicated maintenance worker. Richard Gonzalez, while working on a special programs crew at the connector of I-15 and Route 94, was struck on the morning of June 20, 2011, and died in the line of duty at the age of 52 as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. Richard Gonzalez was an exemplary employee who gained the respect of supervisors, management, and peers for his devotion to the values of integrity, commitment, and teamwork. Richard Gonzalez's passion was restoration of classic cars and serving as a mentor and role model to his family and friends. Named by Senate Concurrent Resolution 52, Resolution Chapter 94, on September 15, 2011.
    (Image Source: Caltrans Website)


Classified Landcaped Freeway Classified Landcaped Freeway

The following segments are designated as Classified Landscaped Freeway:

County Route Starting PM Ending PM
San Diego 905 2.84 3.56
San Diego 905 4.15 5.76

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Interstate Submissions Interstate Submissions

Approved as 139(b) non-chargeable mileage in 1984. This has not yet been constructed to interstate standards, nor is it yet signed as an interstate.

Freeway Freeway

[SHC 253.8] Entire portion. The portion from Route 5 to Route 125 was added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1959. The remainder was added to the Freeway and Expressway system in 1991.

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