Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry

Port overview

The Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry, located in San Diego County, is the busiest commercial port in California. The existing facility infrastructure cannot adequately accommodate tenant agency security requirements nor support current northbound commercial and pedestrian traffic. In order to increase vehicle and pedestrian-processing capacity and to support tenant agencies’ ability to conduct their respective missions, GSA is in the process of modernizing and expanding the existing port.

Once complete, the project will provide the port with adequate operational space, reduced traffic congestion, and a more efficient layout for port operations and the traveling public.

Modernization and expansion

  • Expansion of pedestrian-processing facilities; doubling the processing facilities from 6 to 12 lanes and better connecting travelers to the nearby transit hub
  • Construction of a commercial-annex building
  • Relocation of Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection enrollment facilities
  • Relocation of hazardous material commercial import processing
  • Construction of surface and structured parking for employees and visitors
  • Commercial import lot improvements; an increase from 9 to 16
  • Improvements to commercial vehicle circulation
  • Improve pedestrian-processing capacity

Project schedule

  • Design-Build contract awarded May 2019
  • Construction started June 2020
  • Construction scheduled for completion in Spring 2023

Cost and funding

  • Site acquisition: $12 million
  • Cost: $122 million
  • Total cost: $134 million (fully funded)

Project design

Traffic advisories

Graphic that represents the Yield sign

During construction, the land port of entry will remain operational. The public should expect changes to traffic patterns. Travelers will be informed of changes by traffic advisories distributed to news outlets, posted on social media, and via posted signs. Drivers are advised to monitor posted roadway signage when transiting the port.

There are no traffic advisories at this time.

Port statistics

  • In FY 2021, port processed $13.5 billion of exports, $37.4 billion of imports
  • Processes 1 million trucks, 5 million vehicles, 2.1 million pedestrians, annually
  • Accommodate Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration bus processing needs

Tenant agencies

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection,
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service,
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration,
  • Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and
  • GSA.

Environmental review

Environmental review - GSA prepared an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the potential impacts from the proposed modernization and expansion of the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry, under the National Environmental Policy Act.

Last Reviewed: 2023-05-08