SAN DIEGO — In approximately three weeks, a partial and indefinite closure is slated for Avenida Internacional, which runs parallel to the Tijuana border and accommodates approximately 80,000 vehicles daily. This closure is necessitated by the construction of a novel elevated roadway.
The current road serves as a vital traffic artery connecting the San Ysidro Port of Entry and facilitating the movement of tourists to the northern beach areas of Baja California.
Obed Silva Sánchez, Tijuana’s Secretary of Mobility, explained, “Motorists will encounter restricted access and will need to follow detour routes. We are actively working to offer alternative routes through other neighborhoods, including the downtown area.” Silva Sánchez also mentioned that during this period, the roadway will be reduced to a single lane in each direction.
“We cannot provide an exact timeline for the alteration of the roadway at this point, but we are striving to minimize inconvenience for drivers,” Silva Sánchez stated. “Our initial focus will be on excavation work for the foundation pillars that will support the new elevated roadway. We request the public’s patience and understanding, as this project will ultimately benefit the entire community.”
The new elevated road, spanning approximately 6 miles, carries a price tag of over 8 billion pesos, equivalent to approximately $500 million. It will connect western border communities in Tijuana with neighborhoods on the eastern side of the city, with the San Ysidro Port of Entry situated in the middle.
The completion of this extensive project is anticipated to take more than a year.