Calexico East Port of Entry Bridge Expansion
MEETING TRAFFIC DEMANDS
Traffic in the project area is primarily associated with the growth in international trade and travel between the United States and Mexico as well as travel onto and from Imperial Avenue north of I-8. The Imperial Avenue interchange experiences congestion in the morning and afternoon hours. Approximately 16,000-27,000 vehicles per day use this section on I-8. By 2025, traffic on this portion of I-8 is projected too almost double.
The $44 million project is funded through the State Regional Improvement Program and the Federal High Priority Projects Program.
Project construction began April 2020 and is scheduled for completion early 2023. The I-8 Imperial Avenue Interchange is expected to open to traffic mid-2022.
The Project will widen the Bridge on its east side to minimize traffic impacts during construction and reduce construction costs.
The project will add four northbound lanes; two commercial vehicle lanes and two passenger vehicle lanes.
The existing northbound pedestrian walkway will be shifted to the west to facilitate the addition of the two new northbound passenger vehicle lanes.
The Project will also add new concrete barriers and minor modifications to existing landscaping, drainage, signage, and lighting.