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$56.3 million approved for I-5/Genesee project

A high-priority project to relieve congestion and improve access to major employment centers off Interstate 5 and Genesee Avenue was expedited Friday, October 14, with approval by the SANDAG Board of Directors to spend up to $56.3 million in regional TransNet sales tax funds to cover the project cost.

SANDAG was able to move up the schedule for the I-5/Genesee interchange and widening project because of its success in competing for Proposition 1B money to cover the cost of other transportation infrastructure projects in the region. Money from Proposition 1B freed TransNet funds. TransNet is a local half-cent sales tax for transportation projects.

The I-5/Genesee project is estimated to cost $94.1 million. The SANDAG contribution to the project will be combined with funding from the City of San Diego, local property owners, and Caltrans to cover the full cost.

“Improving the interchange at Genesee and freeway access around that area will help eliminate another bottleneck on the I-5,” SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos said. “Sorrento Valley, the University of California at San Diego, the Torrey Pines biotechnology and development area, and Westfield University Towne Centre shopping mall will all benefit from improved traffic flow.”

The Genesee interchange will be rebuilt, and a southbound auxiliary lane will be added to I-5 between Genesee and Sorrento Valley Road to the north. The project will replace the existing bridge with a wider bridge to accommodate six through lanes on Genesee. It also will lengthen the bridge to accommodate future High Occupancy Vehicle lanes on I-5.

The project has secured all the necessary environmental approvals and is expected to be advertised for construction in fall 2012.

Project Manager(s)

José Nuncio, TransNet Program Director
Phone: (619) 699-1908, E-mail:

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or