October GBM @ Caltrans

On Tuesday, October 21st, Caltrans will be hosting our general body meeting at their District 11 Office located in Old Town San Diego. Caltran’s Mario Orso (Trade Corridor Project Director) will be presenting the planned State Route 11/Otay Mesa Port of Entry project and speaking about other border projects. Additionally, Bruce Urquhart (District Division Chief of Land Surveys) will be providing an overview on how to become a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California.

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Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Time: 5:30 PM-7:30 PM

Location:
Caltrans 11 District Office
4050 Taylor Street
San Diego, CA 92110

Tentative Agenda:
5:30 – 6:00 Registration, Networking and Refreshments
6:00 – 6:30 SR-11/Otay Mesa Port of Entry Project
6:30 – 6:45 PE Licensing
6:45 – 7:30 SHPE Announcements and Updates

Catrans District 11 Office

About Mario Orso
Mario Orso was appointed in September 2008 as the Corridor Project Director for the Trade Corridor projects for the San Diego County Region of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans, District 11). He is responsible for delivery of the District’s Trade Corridor Improvement Fund (TCIF) projects, valued at more than $1 billion, which includes the new East Otay Mesa Land Port of Entry and associated State Route 11. He leads a team comprised of Caltrans and San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) staff members. This multi-disciplinary border project development team is planning a border crossing that is considered to be an innovative pilot project on the US/Mexican Border; it will feature a variable tolling system, advanced traveler information systems and will jointly planned and financed by US and Mexico. Mario had 23 years of experience and is a registered Professional Engineer. He graduated from San Diego State University.

About Bruce Urquhart
Bruce Urquhart, Professional Land Surveyor, has over 35 years of experience in the land surveying and management disciplines. Currently, he is the Division Director for the Land Surveys and Right of Way Engineering Department, Caltrans District 11, San Diego. For the past 22 years, Mr. Urquhart has also been a part time faculty member at San Diego State University, teaching Surveying for Civil Engineers. He has also taught review classes for the surveying portion of the Professional Engineer Exam at UCSD Extension, and for the American Society for Civil Engineers, Younger Member Forum (YMF).

Mr. Urquhart earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from San Diego State University in 1978 and joined Caltrans that same year as a student assistant in Transportation Planning. The following year he transferred to Surveys, and has spent the rest of his career as a working member of a survey crew; Party Chief; Field Surveys Supervisor; and, in 2006, was promoted to Division Director.

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About Caltrans District 11

Caltrans District 11 serves one of the most geographically and culturally diverse areas in the country and includes San Diego and Imperial counties. It spans the entire California-Mexico Border from the Pacific coast to Arizona, and reaches north from the international border to Orange and Riverside counties and has roughly 1,000 centerline miles of urban and rural freeways and more than $544 million in current construction.

With the entire California-Mexico border within its bounds, the District serves the International trade community in addition to serving area residents and tourists. There are six land ports of entry within San Diego and Imperial counties including the world’s busiest at San Ysidro and California’s number one port of entry for international trade truck crossings at Otay Mesa. District 11 prides itself in its commitment to providing a safe, efficient and accessible transportation system, preserving natural resources and providing excellent service to the communities it serves.

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