The U.S. General Services Administration announced on Monday a series of temporary lane closures that would affect northbound privately owned vehicle inspection lanes at the Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry.
Two northbound vehicle lane closures are scheduled for temporary closure on Feb.1 and Feb.2 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., according to the GSA. The closures will be conducted to perform precursory work ahead of the bipartisan Infrastructure Law, funded low low-embodied carbon concrete paving project at the port.
The GSA announced its selection of OCS Construction Services, a small disadvantaged business and certified 8(a) contractor based in Riverside, California, last December. The approximately $1.8 million contract was funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).
The Otay Mesa LPOE is the busiest commercial port in California and serves as an alternative to the San Ysidro LPOE for travelers. According to the GSA, the asphalt covering the port queueing area suffers from cracks, potholes, and erosion from the thousands of vehicles that cross each day. The concrete paving project would address those deficiencies and use GSA’s new low-embodied carbon concrete standard.
“At Otay Mesa, we look forward to improving conditions for the traveling public while actively protecting the environment and helping the nation move towards more sustainable construction materials. This funding provided GSA with the opportunity to make an important contract award and continue our work improving this binational transportation infrastructure to better support the federal inspection agencies’ mission while lessening the impact on the environment.,” said Dan Brown, Regional Commissioner for the GSA Public Buildings Service in the Pacific Rim Region in a press release.
According to the GSA, drivers should anticipate possible delays, monitor traffic signs, and reduce speeds near and around the construction work area.
The GSA’s concrete paving project, set to start in late Summer 2023, will replace asphalt surfaces with low-embodied carbon concrete, which is more resilient and requires less frequent maintenance and replacement.