Now that Easter is over, the road widening project between the end of the Laguna Salada (km 90), past La Ventana (km 105) and south towards the Ensenada Road (km 130), is speeding up.
You will encounter diversions opening north of La Ventana at this time. Expect to drive on the desert floor for a couple of miles to start:
In addition, the access to the store and the comfort stations at La Ventana will soon be lost as the grading of the new road bed continues:
Additional diversions are being prepared for the road south of La Ventana to the entrance to the goldmine and I would expect these to be in use within a few weeks.
On a positive note, the crossing for SENTRI card holders at the downtown Mexicali-Calexico port of entry has been made easier. The last mile of the SENTRI lane before the border crossing has always suffered from being shared with traffic heading into the city center. When the downtown streets were clogged with rush hour traffic, the border crossing vehicles would be trapped in the jam. Now the authorities have taken away one of the three regular lanes, and made it exclusively available to the privileged border crossers (potholes have also been filled):
Downtown traffic is supposed to stay to the left and SENTRI traffic to the right in this new, dual purpose lane.
A significant renewal of the Mexicali downtown business district is also underway with a $2 million project to develop a restaurant-bar zone with a large pedestrian-only mall. It is believed that this will help attract visitors to walk across the border from Calexico to spend money wining, dining and shopping in Mexicali. As an incentive, the pedestrian lanes leading back to Calexico will be policed with more security personnel to lessen the frustration of people who see others cutting into the line.
This redevelopment of the downtown area, around Morelos and Reforma, will start this summer and could cause additional congestion for vehicles headed for San Felipe as traffic is rerouted.