Quarterly progress report on
Each quarter, SANDAG issues a transportation progress report to its Board of Directors to keep the members apprised of the many projects underway in the region. By leveraging state, federal, and local TransNet dollars, SANDAG funds transportation improvements and services designed to give commuters more choices and reduce growing traffic congestion.
The I-5 HOV Lanes – North Coast design projects were approved by Directors to be added to the TransNet Early Action Projects Program in July 2009. These projects will complete the design phase to extend the I-5 HOV lanes 13 miles from Manchester Avenue to SR 78. When constructed, the project will include noise barriers along the length of the project to mitigate freeway noise impacts. Completion of this phase is anticipation for September 2012.
Construction has been completed on the SR 52 widening between Santo Road and Mast Boulevard and the project is now open to users.
Caltrans completed the SR 94 noise barrier project in the vicinity of the Massachusetts Avenue Interchange.
The addition of federal ARRA funds is allowing Caltrans to move forward with the I-805 widening between SR 54 and E Street (southbound) in Chula Vista. This project will be open to users by summer 2010.
Construction of Phase 1B of the SR 905 freeway between Britannia Boulevard and I-805 began in July 2009 and is scheduled to open to traffic by summer 2012. The project is funded by ARRA and TransNet and will provide uninterrupted freeway access to the Otay Mesa Port of Entry.
Transit and Bikeway Projects
SANDAG, Caltrans, NCTD, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, and Amtrak recently completed a study to evaluate and prioritize 40 rail improvement projects to meet the goal of double-tracking the coastal corridor, as identified in the 2030 Regional Transportation Plan. Seven of these projects are currently being designed, with that work scheduled to be complete between July 2010 and June 2013.
Traffic and Demand Management
As of July 2009, there were 643 vanpools and 5,267 passengers in the Regional Vanpool Program. This represents a growth rate of nine percent for the last fiscal year.
The 511 call system received 187,000 calls, raising the cumulative call volume to more than 1.6 million calls.
Bike to Work Day was held in May with approximately 5,000 cyclists using pedal power to get to work in our region.
Jose Nuncio, Senior Transportation Engineer