03.11.2024 | News Release

SANDAG and Caltrans Secure Nearly $8 Million in Federal Bill for Crucial Transportation Projects

Federal Funding to Boost San Diego Region's Infrastructure 

SANDAG and Caltrans proudly celebrate a major win for transportation in the San Diego region. Thanks to the recent passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2024, nearly $8 million in federal funding has been secured for the region. This funding, championed by San Diego’s bipartisan congressional delegation, will support five community projects aimed at reducing congestion and enhancing transportation infrastructure. 

“This critical funding will help increase connectivity across San Diego County and enhance the quality of life for people in our communities,” said SANDAG and San Diego County Supervisor Chairwoman Nora Vargas. “I want to thank the San Diego delegation for its bipartisan leadership in securing nearly $8 million for SANDAG and Caltrans projects so that we can continue to ensure that everyone has access to transportation.”
Among the projects receiving funding are:
  • SANDAG At-Grade Rail Crossing Elimination Study: $500,000. With funding requested by Congressman Scott Peters and Senator Alex Padilla, SANDAG will study eleven at-grade rail crossings within the LOSSAN corridor in downtown San Diego, laying the groundwork for enhanced safety and efficiency.
  • Barrio Logan Freeway Lid Parks: $1,300,000. Thanks to funds requested by Congressman Juan Vargas, SANDAG will undertake an extensive analysis, public outreach, and feasibility assessment for constructing freeway lids in Barrio Logan, creating green spaces for communities.
  • San Ysidro Mobility Hub: $927,778. This funding, championed by Congressman Vargas, will help SANDAG advance planning and engineering efforts to develop a vibrant mobility hub in San Ysidro, facilitating improved access to regional transit and revitalizing the surrounding neighborhood.
  • Interstate 15/SR-78 HOV/Managed Lanes: $4,000,000. SANDAG in partnership with Caltrans, and as requested by Congressman Darrell Issa and the late Senator Dianne Feinstein, we will support the construction of direct connectors between I-15 and SR-78, additional lanes, and managed lanes, enhancing traffic flow and easing congestion in the area.
  • I-5 Managed Lanes Segment 5 (Southbound): $1,166,279. SANDAG in partnership with Caltrans and championed by Representative Mike Levin, this funding will contribute to the expansion of managed lanes on I-5, promoting smoother travel between SR-78 and Harbor Drive in the southbound direction.

Other regional projects receiving funding include: 

  • SR-52 Operational Improvements: $4,000,000. With funding requested by Congressman Darrell Issa for Caltrans, this initiative will improve traffic operations of this major east-west corridor by constructing a westbound truck climbing line from Mast Blvd to I-15 and constructing managed lanes between I-15 and SR-125.
  • Coastal Rail Trail Bikeway: $4,116,279. With funding requested by Congressman Scott Peters for the City of San Diego, this funding will be used for the construction costs of the Coastal Rail Trail Bikeway, a separated path connecting the major job centers and education campus near UCSD.
  • Lomas Santa Fe Drive Corridor Improvements: $850,000. With funding requested by Congressman Mike Levin for the City of Solana Beach, this funding will make roadway improvements, including bicycle, pedestrian, and traffic calming enhancements, to the western portion of Lomas Santa Fe Drive, the primary east-west transportation corridor connecting downtown Solana Beach to I-5.

“Caltrans looks forward to working with SANDAG to turn this funding into tangible improvements in mobility, accessibility, and safety to communities across our region,” said Everett Townsend, acting Director for Caltrans District 11. “Thank you to our congressional delegation for championing these projects for their constituents.”  

These initiatives signify a significant step forward in SANDAG and Caltrans mission to create a more efficient, accessible, and sustainable transportation network for the San Diego region. With continued support from federal partners and local stakeholders, SANDAG and Caltrans remain committed to driving transformative change and improving the quality of life for all.