Each quarter, SANDAG issues a transportation progress report to its Board of Directors to keep them 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 SPRINTER began service on March 9, 2008. This TransNet-funded 22-mile light rail transit line runs between Oceanside and Escondido along the SR 78 corridor.
The Tier 1 Environmental Document for SR 11 was released for public review in January, with a public hearing held in February and approval expected by spring. The Presidential Permit application for a new border crossing at East Otay Mesa also was delivered to the U.S. Department of State for a 90-day public review period, and SANDAG submitted a Trade Corridors Improvement Fund application to the California Transportation Committee requesting $400 million -- $75 million of which would be used for these critical goods movement border facilities.
Construction of the Corridor Mobility Improvement Account and TransNet-funded
I-15 Managed Lanes South project between SR 163 and SR 56 has begun. Completion is scheduled for 2012.
The TransNet-funded SR 52 widening project between I-15 and Mast Boulevard in Santee was awarded for construction and is scheduled for completion in mid-2009.
SANDAG acquired 282 acres of mitigation land north of SR 76 between Olive Hill Road and Via Montellano for $11.1 million. Approximately 14 acres of the 282 will be used by Caltrans to offset biological impacts from the expansion of SR 76. Completion of the Melrose Drive to Mission Road segment of SR 76 is scheduled for 2011.
Caltrans awarded the construction contract for the first phase of the SR 905 freeway project near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. The project will construct a six-lane freeway from Britannia Boulevard east to Siempre Viva Road near the Mexican border. Completion of this initial phase is scheduled for 2010.
Arterial and Freeway Interchange Projects
The City of San Diego continues to make progress on the Genesee Avenue widening project, which is currently more than half way through construction. The project will widen Genesee Avenue from four to six lanes between I-5 and Campus Point in the University City area. Completion is scheduled for May 2008.
Traffic and Demand Management
Transportation Demand Management programs averted an estimated 83,500 pounds of smog-forming pollution during the second quarter of FY 2008. During this time, the Freeway Service Patrol assisted approximately 13,380 motorists. Vanpool participation grew 2.1 percent in the last quarter from 579 vanpools to 591 vanpools, with 4,795 daily passengers participating in the program. Vanpools originating in Riverside County continue to be a large and fast-growing component of the program, accounting for 44 percent of all regional vanpools. For more information on vanpooling dial 511 from any phone and say Ridelink.
More information also is available at www.sandag.org/progress.
Jose Nuncio, Senior Engineer/Financial Programmer Manager
Phone: (619) 699-1908, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org