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Construction underway on new Bayshore Bikeway segment

San Diego leaders came together Friday morning, August 5, to break ground on a $1.5 million project to build a new piece of the Bayshore Bikeway, which will eventually provide a continuous 24-mile loop around San Diego Bay for cyclists.

So far, 12.5 miles of the bikeway, more than half of the world-class recreational amenity, are already built. Completion of the new project will bring the total miles completed to 14.3.

“This new segment of the Bayshore Bikeway will provide a safe route for bicyclists visiting the Chula Vista bayfront and act as a link to our region’s rich history of rail travel,” said Supervisor Greg Cox, who has championed the bikeway for many years. “When we’re done, we will invite everyone with a bicycle to come down and explore this scenic section of the Bay.”

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The new 1.8-mile section – which is entirely in the City of Chula Vista – begins on H Street and ends on Palomar Street. It runs along Bay Boulevard and an inactive railroad right-of-way through property and easements owned by the San Diego Unified Port District, San Diego Gas & Electric, the Metropolitan Transit System, and Community Health Group. The project is funded by federal Transportation Enhancement funds and the regional TransNet half-cent sales tax administered by SANDAG.

Work began on the project in July and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. SANDAG is overseeing the construction. 

“SANDAG is passionate about providing this region with more bicycle and pedestrian amenities,” said SANDAG Second Vice Chair and Imperial Beach Mayor Jim Janney. “In the Draft 2050 Regional Transportation Plan prepared by SANDAG, $3.4 billion are expected to be invested in bicycle and pedestrian projects and programs over the next 40 years.”

Cox, chair of the SANDAG Bayshore Bikeway Working Group, which oversees planning for the bikeway, led the groundbreaking ceremony. Janney, Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox, and San Diego Unified Port District Chairman Scott Peters also participated.

In 2012, SANDAG will begin construction on the next segment of the bikeway, which will extend north along the east side of San Diego Bay from Marina Way in National City to 32nd Street in the City of San Diego.

Project Manager(s)

Stephan Vance, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-1924, E-mail: stephan.vance@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.