First quarter transportation
Each quarter, SANDAG issues a transportation progress report to its Board of Directors to keep members of the public 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 following is the progress report for the first quarter of FY 2010.
Caltrans continues to work on the draft environmental document for the I-5 HOV/Managed Lanes project. The document should be available for public review by January 2010.
Bids opened in October 2009 for the SR 76 Middle widening project, which will expand SR 76 from two to four lanes from Melrose Drive in Oceanside to Mission Road in Bonsall. Construction activities should be fully underway by February 2010 with a completion in 2012.
Transit and Bikeway Projects
The right-of-way construction phase for the SuperLoop project is currently scheduled to be completed in January 2010. The initial implementation of an interim service began in mid-June 2009 and provides service to five miles of the total 8-mile route planned for the University City community. Procurement of all 12 buses is complete. Since June, SuperLoop has served more than 250,000 passengers. Currently, the service averages approximately 4,000 passengers per weekday and approximately 1,500 passengers on the weekends. The construction portion for the bus shelters along the planned 8-mile route is scheduled to begin in spring 2010.
Aerial and Freeway Projects
In July, the Transportation Committee authorized staff to begin working with the cities of Escondido and San Marcos, as well as Caltrans, to develop a strategy to replace the bridge at the Nordahl Road/SR 78 Interchange. The design phase of this project is scheduled to be complete in October 2010.
The South Santa Fe Avenue project is currently scheduled to award a construction contract by January 2010. This project will reconstruct the area between the city limits of Vista and 700 feet south of Woodland in order to widen the road from two to four lanes, including adding bicycle lanes. The estimated completion date for this project is summer 2012.
Traffic and Demand Management
More vanpools are on the road with an increase from 643 vanpools to 648 vanpools. Average ridership per vanpool was approximately 8.2 passengers, with 5,285 passengers participating in the program….The 511 call system received 206,000 calls, raising the cumulative call volume to more than 1.9 million calls.
The 511 call system received 206,000 calls, raising the cumulative call volume to more than 1.9 million calls.
Jose Nuncio, Senior Transportation Engineer