Transportation progress report
April to June 2007 was full of transportation highlights and accomplishments. More information also is available at www.sandag.org/progress.
The effort for a Tier I environmental document for the SR 11 and proposed new East Otay Mesa Port of Entry (POE) continues under an aggressive schedule to complete by the end of 2007. This Tier I program level document will cover both facilities and once approved, it will allow for the preservation of right of way for both facilities as well as to support the Presidential Permit application necessary for the new port of entry.
The design work for the widening of the TransNet EAP SR 52 between I-15 and SR 125 continues, with completion scheduled for October 2007. This project will provide three through lanes in the eastbound direction from Santo Road all the way to SR 125, and it is scheduled to open in 2008.
At its September 5, 2007, meeting, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) allocated $79.5 million in construction funds for the west half of the TransNet EAP SR 52 Extension project. This project will add a new section of four-lane freeway between SR 125 and Cuyamaca Street in the City of Santee. This project will extend to SR 67 and is scheduled to open by late 2010.
Caltrans has begun shifting traffic from the temporary lanes on the SR 54 “Gap” project to the permanent lanes. Opening of these lanes comes shortly before the opening of the “Connector” section of the project, which will open concurrently with the SR 125 South Bay Expressway toll road this fall.
At its September 20, 2007, meeting, the CTC allocated $85.3 million for the SR 905 Freeway. This initial phase of the SR 905 will build a six-lane freeway between Britannia Boulevard and Siempre Viva Road. This eastern segment of SR 905 is expected to be completed by 2010. The remainder of the project, to I-805, is currently unfunded. Pending identification of the $131 million for this segment, the project could be under construction in early 2009 and completed by mid-2011.
The City College Station at Smart Corner project opened in July 2007. Completion of this station finishes the project for reconstruction of several East Village Trolley stations, including Gaslamp and Park and Market. Construction of additional track and streetscape improvements continue along C Street and Park Boulevard and are scheduled to be complete by December 2007.
The CTC allocated $3.9 million in STIP funds to begin the environmental and preliminary engineering work on the Sorrento-Miramar Double Track project. This effort will identify options and costs to double track, straighten the curves, and make this segment of track more reliable for the current and projected rail traffic.
The CTC also allocated $3.69 million in STIP funds for construction of the Oceanside Double Track project between Vista Way and Oceanside Boulevard in the south side of Oceanside. This project will add 1.2 miles adjacent to an existing siding for a total double track length of 2.5 miles, and will provide immediate benefit to Amtrak, COASTER, and freight trains by creating a longer passing track at a location where there are a significant number of train meets. Construction of this project is scheduled to be complete by August 2009.
Arterial and Freeway Interchange Projects
The City of San Diego opened to traffic in July the SR 163/Clairemont Mesa Boulevard Interchange improvements project. This project widened the Clairemont Mesa Boulevard Bridge over SR 163, widened and re-aligned entry and exit ramps, and improved the operations of this heavily used interchange.
Transportation Demand and Incident Management
The SANDAG Vanpool Program participation rate grew 1.5 percent in the last quarter, from 549 vanpools to 566 vanpools. Vanpools originating in Riverside County continue to be a large and fast-growing component of the program, accounting for 44 percent of all the regional vanpools. Average ridership per vanpool was approximately 8.2 passengers, with 4,638 daily passengers participating in the program.