Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry


The Otay Mesa LPOE, 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, non-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 will modernize and expand 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.


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.


  • In FY 2016, port processed $15.6 billion of exports, $27.6 billion of imports
  • Processes 7.6 million vehicles, 3.5 million pedestrians, annually
  • Paving of a 10-acre site will improve commercial-vehicle circulation
  • Dedicated return-to-Mexico lane for trucks denied U.S. entry
  • 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 - 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 (NEPA).


  • Expansion of pedestrian-processing facilities; doubling the number of pedestrian processing facilities from 6 to 12 lanes to accommodate a new transit hub
  • Construction of a commercial-annex building
  • Relocation of Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) 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 15
  • Improvements to commercial vehicle circulation
  • Improve pedestrian-processing capacity


  • Design-Build contract awarded May 2019
  • Construction scheduled for completion in January 2023


  • Cost: $122 million - fully funded


Project design coming soon

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