General Services Administration (GSA) notify: Freeway I-5 closure in direction to Mexico
On Saturday September 23rd, the General Services Administration (GSA) will close the access to El Chaparral port of entry from the United States of America to Mexico on Freeway I-5 starting at 3:00 am, therefore, all vehicles heading to Mexico will be redirected to Freeway 905, which ends at the Otay Mesa port of entry. However, all bridges and pedestrian ports of entry on both sides of the border will continue to function regularly.
Northbound travelers (pedestrian and vehicular) crossing the border from Mexico and southbound pedestrians crossing the border into Mexico will be unaffected.
The Freeway I-5 will be closed for 57 hours, from Saturday September 23 until Monday the 25th at 12:00 p.m.
Once all the roadwork is concluded, Freeway I-5 will operate with only three lanes to Mexico for a period of 3 months. US authorities are looking to extend one more lane as of the last Wednesday in November, so it can operate with four lanes from that date through to June 2019, the duration of the entire construction.
One of the advantages of this realignment is that the entrance curve to El Chaparral port of entry will be less pronounced and therefore provide an easier access, which will help to speed up the transit and entry to Mexico. This will allow for all lanes to be moved toward the West in order to reduce the angle of the curve.
In addition, this will provide more space on the East side of the area, allowing for the previous access to Tijuana, formerly known as “Puerta Mexico”, to eventually add 10 more lanes to the San Ysidro Port of Entry from South to North leading to Interstate 5. Mexican authorities will set up new transit signs in all ports of entry to Tijuana and the surroundings. In addition, Mexican government is looking forward to finish the roadwork on Bellas Artes-Aeropuerto boulevard intersection, to speed up transit in the area. Local police agents will patrol the whole area for best assistance and security to drivers.
For more information you can log on to the General Services Administration realignment project website: www.gsa.gov/5realign
Google Map redirect from 5 to U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Otay Mesa Port of Entry:
Google Map from U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Otay Mesa Port of Entry to downtown Tijuana:
Google Map from U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Otay Mesa Port of Entry to Rosarito Beach Baja
Google Map from U.S. Customs and Border Protection - Otay Mesa Port of Entry to Ensenada: