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Otay Residents Block Avenue in Protest of Disastrous Living Conditions


Residents who live in the surroundings of Otay in Tijuana blocked the Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz Avenue to demand a solution to this problem that is diminishing the quality of life in their community. 

 For a long time, people who live in that neighborhood, have suffered the abandonment of the area since authorities have not taken action to solve the problem that is getting worse. There are streets with sewage, potholes and mountains of dirt, this is due to the start of repair work that was not finished.

This includes cargo transportation that will be affected by road closures due to construction at the Otay port of entry forcing them to take alternative routes and will also affect international trade.

“The question is why do we not see concrete actions from the secretary where he is the director, despite the fact that he has staff with the knowledge of what is happening, no road strategy has been implemented in any area of ​​the city,” said Guadalupe Sandoval, representative of the carriers.

Sandoval said that her group expressed their support for developing a strategy for international cargo transportation, which seeks not to affect the residents of the Otay area and they received no response.

“He doesn’t call us to meetings, he does them in the dark and only with his selective group. The residents and the cargo transport are fed up due to the lack of attention, lack of coordination from the three levels of government,” expressed Guadalupe.

Last year, the State of California and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) today broke ground on a new port of entry for the California-Baja California region, Otay Mesa East. The Otay Mesa East Port of Entry, a priority project for the United States and Mexico, aims to reduce wait times, increase economic efficiencies, cut emissions and ensure the San Diego-Baja region has the infrastructure it needs to continue its dynamic growth.

Congestion at the border has limited travel and economic growth, negatively impacted public health and contributed to the effects of climate change.

The California State Transportation Agency, Caltrans, SANDAG, and the federal governments of the United States and Mexico have partnered to address these challenges by designing an innovative border crossing facility that aims to achieve an average wait time of 20 minutes and improve the security and efficiency of trade and travel between the two countries, however, the issue of transport has not been resolved at the moment, carriers want to see tangible results instead of listening to more political rhetoric without real actions.


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