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    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2016 edited
     
    I found something rather interesting during my visit to Caltrans on Friday. Apparently, a bikeway was constructed along a portion of current Kearny Villa Road back in 1979, when it was still I-15. The path still exists today, just closed and covered in weeds. It ran from just north of Harris Plant Road (then the 15/163 Separation) along Altair Ave, then crossed under Kearny Villa Rd at San Clemente Canyon. On the east side, it ran next to the freeway until what is called Ammo Road. The path followed that road to Miramar Way, where it followed along the shoulder of the freeway until Carroll Canyon Road, which was also under construction. While not a complete bypass, it was still built. How long it was open, who could use it, and why it closed I do not know. I haven't gotten that far yet in the research. I'll post some information on my website with maps and such soon.

    As an aside, it also showed the freeway was eight lanes there, eventually narrowing to six lanes near Miramar Way. They were 11' lanes with a 2' shoulder.

    EDITED: Added more to the description. Path went from Harris Plant Road to Carroll Canyon Road.
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeOct 8th 2016
     
    • CommentAuthormsdo
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2016
     
    Rose canyon bike path will be closed overnight tomorrow (Tues Oct 18). From Mid-Coast Trolley:

    The Rose Canyon Bike Path will be temporarily closed starting 7 p.m. on October 18 and will reopen at 6 a.m. on October 19, while San Diego Gas & Electric completes a hydrotest of a relocated natural gas pipeline in the area. The entire path will be closed and flaggers will not allow bicycles to enter; please avoid this area as pipeline testing is in progress.
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2016
     
    Here is some detail about the new Balboa Station and surrounding infrastructure projects that are in development, including an informative video focusing on non-auto improvement.

    I note from the presentation that only the station itself and a very small fraction of the infrastructure improvements the video is envisioning are funded at this point - so until then, I am cynical enough (from having watched San Diego politics for a quarter century or so) that the unfunded remaining infrastructure improvements may or may not happen - at the very least not in the shape and form presented in the video.
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeOct 29th 2016
     
    It did miss one thing that I noticed - the Amtrak/Coaster rails will be double-tracked, not single track, as shown in the video.
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    Metro-to-LAX station will welcome commuters by bus, car, on foot and bicycle
    By City News Service 10/31/2016
    Metro is promoting the extension of the Green Line to LAX with a video featuring Angelenos pining for an easier way to get to the airport. The final environmental impact report for the Airport Metro Connector 96th Transit Station will be released Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, for public review.

    I think everyone in San Diego would love to see both SANDAG and the SAN Airport embrace this idea. What's the hold up? (A tangle of groups like the Port of SD, City of SD, SAN Airport, SANDAG, State of CA, FAA, etc. etc. can't work it out. The public suffers but the "planners" and "public officials" get their retirement packages. Ha! ;-))

    Much of the new trolley extension along Genesee Ave will be be elevated. A similar elevated trolley line along Harbor Drive into the airport that loops around, coming back to the Harbor Island frontage / Cruise Ship terminals and back to downtown would solve traffic, parking, air quality and quality of life issues for both tourists, employers and local residents alike.
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    Is it time for ODOT to put bike lanes on St. Johns Bridge?
    Cyclist Mitchell York, 55, killed Saturday while riding on bridge
    Emily Sinovic and KOIN 6 News Staff - October 31, 2016,

    Driver arrested for fatally striking bicyclist has 31 prior driving convictions
    KGW November 01, 2016

    It's very difficult to retrofit these old bridges. There is no excuse to not incorporate proper facilities into new construction. The new bridges at Genesee and I-5 should have protected, Class-IV, bike facilities for these very busy roads. The concrete barrier should have been between the bike lane and traffic lanes. From the information provided by Caltrans, it looks as if we are out of luck. Sheesh….

    I-5/Genesee Avenue Interchange Project: image

    Let's hope they get the new Voigt Drive Bridge and Gilman Bridge done with proper facilities. (A man's got to dream.)
    Voigt Drive and Campus Point Drive will be modified to accommodate the increased traffic that will result from implementation of the future Voigt Direct Access Ramp (DAR) to the I-5 freeway. The Voigt Drive Bridge will be replaced with a wider bridge that includes sidewalks and bike lanes. Voigt Drive will be widened from two to four lanes.

    The DARs would be accessed through campus from the reconfigured Voigt Drive Bridge. This project could result in increased vehicular traffic, including non-campus trips, on Voigt Drive and Gilman Drive in particular.

    Thus the need for protected bike facilities!

    Gilman Bridge Project Description:
    The lane configuration of the bridge deck and the roadway would consist of 42 feet curb to curb to provide two 11-foot wide travel lanes, a ten-foot wide left turn pocket and two five-foot wide bike lanes.
    Five foot wide bike lanes with no physical barrier or even painted buffer. That's just a four inch stripe of paint between a bicyclist and moving vehicles. (Which will include shuttle buses, large delivery trucks, and smaller utility service trucks, not to mention autos and pickups driving on narrow, 11 foot lanes with a 10 foot center turn lane ~ suicide lane.) It's funny that they can design and produce a beautiful looking structure but the functionality of the road deck is so limited. $17 Million for what exactly? A pretty structure or a functional, utilitarian road deck for all users?

    These bridges will be in place for generations. Now, when they are first built, is the time to incorporate best practices and forward thinking. We will not get a second chance to do it correctly.
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    OKB, thanks for posting this info. I'll have to study the plans. The current Voigt bridge is great for bikes--no bike lanes, but calm traffic, only one lane in each direction, plenty of space. I never have a problem with it.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd 2016 edited
     
    OK, this is only peripherally related to infrastructure, and I truly feel bad for the driver/victim, but the Pine Valley bridge on I-8 has always fascinated me:

    http://timesofsandiego.com/life/2016/11/03/driver-dies-in-cars-plunge-off-pine-valley-creek-bridge/?google_editors_picks=true

    http://www.highestbridges.com/wiki/index.php?title=Pine_Valley_Creek_Bridge
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    Actually, the highestbridges website is a fascinating site:

    http://www.highestbridges.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page
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    Shady,

    Here's some more information on bridges around San Diego that need work..
    25 weak bridges in San Diego County sandiegouniontribune.com

    The West Mission Bay Drive bridge over the San Diego River will soon be rebuilt (2017-2019). I've been advocating for robust bike facilities via the City's Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) since 2014. No real feed back from that group, but I have found some additional information online.

    Bridge Replacement

    Bridge Cross Section



    I might ask for more in the way of the Class-I bike facilities provided in the drawing. It's shared with pedestrians and I would rather see the bikes & pedestrians separated by a step as on the Sunset Cliffs Bridge. (One man's opinion.) I'm happy to see a "K-rail" type solid barrier between the Class-I and vehicles. (concrete barrier type 723 separator that is 1'-5" wide) As in the image above of the Sunset Cliffs Bridge, I'd like to see a guard rail on the "K-rail" so as to prevent a bike or pedestrian from somehow falling over the low barrier into the traffic lane.

    Also I'd like to take at least four feet of the eight foot shoulder and add to the Class-I bike lane.

    There is something to be desired of both approaches to the bridge as far as bike lanes and sidewalks, never mind crosswalks, signals and free right turn lanes. I'm also concerned for the bike paths under the bridge (OB Bike Path and Old Sea World Drive). There is a lot to be examined and discussed.

    Anyway…
    I post here to share the resources and invite any comments and critique so we can use the collective consciousness of the bike community to address as much of the needed facilities as we can. Once it's built, forever hold your peace.

    West Mission Bay Drive Bridge Project Environmental Assessment ~ May 11, 2016
    (Good images at bottom of document)
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    Thanks for your advocacy work OKB! I had no idea that bridge was slated for replacement--could be a mess while that's going on. Yes, the real problem there is the approaches, unless you're coming and going via the bike paths. Really, after having driven through that area countless times, I have to wonder--wouldn't it be great to just level the entire roadway around SeaWorld and start over? Would we really design a multiple clover-leaf system with the two bridges, the 8 lane segment between the river and vacation island with all of the hideous merges...and I'm talking about driving through there, not riding a bike. Fortunately, once you've figured it out, you can avoid most of the crap while riding a bike, but I do remember the first time I rode through there, not knowing any better, on the road with the cars...
    • CommentAuthorJSnook
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2016
     
    sd_mike:Any other locations that need additional striping/signage that I can help with?


    Well, since you asked....it couldn't hurt to have another voice demanding return of the bike lane that was illegally removed when iFLY and Starbucks were built on Camino del Rio N. The Streets Division told me they would have it striped again when they resurface the road there. It seems like total BS to me that they eliminated an existing bike lane to create a handful of parking spaces on Camino Del Rio there. Now cyclists have to share the right lane for a couple hundred yards with traffic in a 45mph zone.

    Thanks for working on Aldine/Fairmount. I ride through there all the time. I feel like they could use some of the extensive center median there to widen the Southbound lanes and create and exit only lane for a few hundred yards prior to the Aldine ramp. This would get the exiting traffic off Fairmount's through lanes. Perhaps it could include dots or whatever to slow those cars down. As it is now, there is no exit lane, so cars going 55mph just swing onto that ramp. It's actually safer for me I feel when the traffic is backed up because then at least the cars slow up, even though the crowd to the right and take up shoulder space trying to allow room for through traffic.
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2016
     
    I'll see what I can do about Camino Del Rio and the bike lane. Another voice is helpful. As to Aldine/Fairmount, I look forward to seeing what the City has planned when they resurface next year. I'll try to get copies of the plans, if possible. We still have time to alter those plans, or at least try to.
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    County bike trail may reduce traffic lane on Gilman Drive
    María José Durán November 8th, 2016 lajollalight.com/
    The bicycle lane is part of the Coastal Rail Trail, a bike route that was originally planned in the mid-1990s to run from Oceanside to the Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego. Proposed is a bicycle lane that will run along Gilman Drive from La Jolla Village Drive to SR 52. The proposed bike lane is a “Class IV,” which means it’s physically separated from traffic by more than a white stripe.

    The stretch of Gilman Drive that will accommodate the project currently includes two lanes each way. City engineers propose to reduce one lane northbound for most of the segment and reduce one lane southbound in the stretch south of Via Alicante. Then, the two-way Class IV bike lane will be located on the east side of the road with a three-foot separation from traffic.

    LJCPA vice president Helen Boyden and treasurer Janie Emerson voiced concerns about eliminating car lanes on southbound Gilman Drive, a street that routinely gets backed up by traffic trying to enter I-5. Senior City Engineer Dan Nutter responded that traffic studies showed the backup is caused by the I-5 entrance, and therefore reducing incoming lanes won’t make traffic worse.

    But Boyden persisted, “It’s going to make it worse if there’s only one lane, because there are people who want to get on the highway, and there are people who want to go straight through. I think it’s a problem and you should reconsider.” MAP
    Bicyclist will want to be able to safely "go straight through" that section to access the Rose Canyon Bike Path. The intersection at La Jolla Colony Drive combined with the ramps to/from I-5 North is another part of the puzzle that needs safety enhancements for bicyclist. As of now, it can get very sketchy through that whole area. It needs much better design!
    City staff also received criticism about an extra single bike lane currently in the design phase that would run southbound alongside traffic. “I will never ride downhill on the east side of the road because I have to stop at all those stop lights. Given the choice, every single cyclist is going to stay on the west side because of those intersections,” said trustee Brian Will.

    Nutter reassured LJCPA board members that the project is in the early design stages and many changes — including those suggested during public presentations — will be added to it.
    • CommentAuthorsd_mike
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2016
     
    Why would ANYONE be riding "downhill" on the east side of the road? They'd be riding the wrong way and be a danger to other cyclists/road users. How is that an argument in the first place?
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      CommentAuthorSigurd
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2016
     
    Even if you can do 35mph downhill here, cars are coming up from behind at a large speed differential, already in "freeway mode", and the cyclist has to negotiate across two turn lanes. And when the traffic does get backed up into the two lanes on the ramp, motorists headed for the carpool lane sometimes (illegally) take the straight lane, only to turn right onto the on-ramp at the last moment. So that is three lanes a cyclist has to negotiate, the third of which has 1) high speeds and 2) poor sight lines.

    sd_mike:Why would ANYONE be riding "downhill" on the east side of the road? ... How is that an argument in the first place?
    When I read this, I was thinking "this surely must be a journalist mistake - why on earth would someone salmon downhill here?!" I've never seen anyone do it, either. And yes, why is this even an argument for anything?
    • CommentAuthormsdo
    • CommentTimeNov 11th 2016
     
    ...the two-way Class IV bike lane will be located on the east side of the road with a three-foot separation from traffic.


    The bike lane would be a two-way cycle track, so all bicycle traffic would be on the east side of Gilman, separated from traffic. This might also bypass having to navigate traffic turning onto the I-5 south depending on how it's designed.

    As for not stopping while going downhill on the west side of Gilman, I thought you were still supposed to stop at those T intersections on a red light, though many don't.
    I think that's the person's argument. Currently they go down the west side of Gilman without stopping at red lights (at via alicante and villa la jolla) since they're only 3-way intersections. If there was a two-way cycle track on the west side of Gilman, it would most likely mean having to stop at these intersections if the light is red.
    • CommentAuthorPetteri
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2016
     
    I'd been out of action for a week and a half, so was pleasantly surprised to see yesterday that the new bike path up the I-5 from Sorrento Valley to Genesee was open all the way. Turning left on Genesee is still a bit of a pain, but one step at a time!
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      CommentAuthorSmorg
    • CommentTimeJan 10th 2017
     
    I dropped down into Old Town via Presidio Dr for the first time in almost a year this afternoon and had a really nice surprise; the city had finally leveled off the root bumps and repaved much of the descent down the hill from Serra Museum so it's nice and smooth now. Yey!
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    • CommentAuthorHMeins
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2017
     
    Smorg:I dropped down into Old Town via Presidio Dr for the first time in almost a year this afternoon and had a really nice surprise; the city had finally leveled off the root bumps and repaved much of the descent down the hill from Serra Museum so it's nice and smooth now. Yey!
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    That's great news! I'm slowly recovering fitness after two surgeries and the concomitant weight gain. I look forward to seeing all the improvements I've missed over the last few months. Hope to be commuting again soon.
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      CommentAuthorSmorg
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2017
     
    Hope your recovery goes well and that you'll be out and about on the bike again (and playing bike-o-rama, too)! :o) I was pretty stoked about the now bumps-free Presidio Dr descent. I'm afraid Juan St is still under construction (though they've completed the uphill lane, I think. Now the downhill one is all closed off from Harney upward). And it looks like the city had also filled in a few prominent pot holes and smoothened the tarmac by the railroad tracks on westbound Taylor thru Old Town area. I was all prepared to bunny hop over the long standing pothole in the right lane right at the Congress Ave traffic light when I rode thru, but it wasn't there!
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    Conceptually, this is what the monument sign will look like in the roundabout at Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive. The landscaping will be completely different than what is depicted here. Courtesy image

    Sign OK’d for Del Mar roundabout
    DEL MAR — The city’s first roundabout — on Jimmy Durante Boulevard at San Dieguito Drive (MAP) — will include the official entry-point stone monument featuring the logo of a Torrey pine branch above the city name.
    This story is about the sign that will be placed in the roundabout. It caught my eye because I saw a lack of bike lanes in the depiction. Maybe just taking the lane is good enough here. I would hope that due consideration toward "state of the art" road design would include consideration for the many bicyclist that will use this facility getting from the coast over to Lake Hodges.

    It wouldn't need to be as large as that shown below, but certainly proper consideration for bicyclist in the design would go a long way toward developing skills and protocols for implementing roundabouts in the future.

    From: Infra and Urban NL

    Roundabout
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    San Dieguito River Bridge to be replaced
    Bianca Kaplanek April 26, 2017 thecoastnews.com
    Deemed deficient but safe, the 85-year-old bridge that spans the San Dieguito River at dog beach will be replaced, but work probably won’t begin for about three years and is expected to take two years to complete.

    The project will be completed one lane at a time to avoid a complete shutdown of the roadway.

    Thiele said public outreach will be conducted so residents can provide input on the design. He said he expects the new bridge to be similar to the existing structure but with a slimmer profile when looking at it while standing on the beach.

    Traffic and bike lanes should remain about the same width.

    The total project cost is estimated to be $22 million. Federal funding will provide about $19.5 million. The rest will be paid with local matching funds.
    This very busy coastal bike route would do well to have protected bike lanes and grade separated walkways for pedestrians (as on the Sunset Cliffs Bridge below). This bridge will be a major investment and expected to last a long time. It must be designed for the very large growth in population and use we all know is coming. The time to get it right starts now.


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    Video of project

    Del Mar to build new bridge at Dog Beach
    Phil Diehl April 18, 2017 sandiegouniontribune.com
    On Monday, the Del Mar City Council awarded a $1.2 million contract to Kleinfelder Inc. to begin engineering and environmental studies for the new bridge, which will span San Dieguito River, where the highway is known as Camino del Mar.

    The city plans to pay for the project with $19.5 million in federal funding and $2.5 million that will come from local matching funds.
    Oceanside plans to replace an even older bridge, the Coast Highway span at the San Luis Rey River, which was built in 1929. Design selection there is underway, and construction could begin in 2018.
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      CommentAuthorbatmick
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd 2017
     
    There is already lots of complaining going on about the bungled design for the roundabout on Jimmy Durante in Del Mar. Apparently they made it so narrow that trucks can't really get through and then there is the whole bike lane to nowhere thing...

    Clearly somebody designed this thing who doesn't actually use it.
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    Construction crew turns fairgrounds parking lot into tidal wetland

    Joe Tash Feb 15, 2017 ranchosantafereview.com
    The restored wetland will also offer benefits for human visitors, said Fuller. Interpretive signs and a bench are in the works, and the project includes construction of a section of the Coast to Crest Trail, which will eventually link Vulcan Mountain near Julian to the beach at Del Mar.
    I wonder if bikes will be allowed to use the Coast to Crest Trail, and if so, will there be any facilities for bikes located at this site.
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    El Camino Real widening, new bridge to begin in 2021
    Karen Billing Feb 22, 2017 ranchosantafereview.com
    San Diego City Council approved a site development permit for the widening of El Camino Real and the replacement of the existing aging, narrow bridge across the San Dieguito River at its Feb. 14 meeting.

    With the project, the road will be raised and moved to the east, widened to four lanes between San Dieguito Road and Via de la Valle. The current bridge, which has been deemed seismically deficient, will be demolished and replaced with a wider, 76-foot-wide bridge, more friendly for the cyclists that frequent the thoroughfare.

    The road will be 60 feet from curb to curb, with a total width of 104 feet, which includes a 22-foot parkway, bike lanes and sidewalks. The existing El Camino Real will stay as an access road to the existing businesses. For the new bridge, the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority is seeking grant funding to build a cantilever on the west side to allow for safe horse crossings. An undercrossing will connect the Coast to Crest Trail where it runs through the valley.

    MAP
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    Via de la Valle widening could begin next year
    Karen Billing May 2, 2017 ranchosantafereview.com
    The widening of Via de la Valle from two to four lanes is expected to begin construction in summer 2018. The project will result in a four-lane Via de la Valle from San Andres to El Camino Real to help serve a regional need.

    Greenhalgh said they will now begin the preliminary design stage with the plan to get construction documents permitted by spring 2018 and, after a public bid process, begin construction in summer 2018.

    MAP
    • CommentAuthorerik
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2017
     
    This morning, Mid-Coast Transit Constructors had a table at the end of Santa Fe for Bike to Work day. In addition to a free (albeit, kind of terrible) bell, I got the chance to ask a bit about the direction of work on the Rose Canyon path. It sounds like the beginning of the path is going to stay mostly the same, but it will curve down again eventually (as it did when they first changed the path) and then follow mostly the original route. The most important thing though: They are going to move the path at that one low curve where it always floods. The plan is to push it westward toward the 5 a little bit and straighten/level it. If that plan holds, it may mean the end of the stupid flooding part of the path! *fingers crossed*
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      CommentAuthorbikingbill
    • CommentTimeMay 18th 2017
     
    Yeah, but what about the homeless encampments?

    Utah provided housing and saved $$$ in the process. Not going to happen here.
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    Major road projects aim to reduce Mission Valley congestion
    David Garrick May 19, 2017 sandiegouniontribune.com
    The City Council approved money for long-awaited upgrades to the Friars Road/state Route 163 interchange, and a council committee approved a separate plan to widen westbound Interstate 8 by one lane between Taylor Street and Interstate 5.

    The upgrades to Friars and 163, projected to cost $41.2 million, are scheduled to begin this fall and take two years to complete.

    The state Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, will oversee both projects. The city is paying the entire cost of the first project and Caltrans is paying the entire cost of the second.

    The first project will include new freeway ramps, additional turning lanes and modern stoplight timing systems.

    In addition to road construction, the project will include bicycle lanes and new sidewalks.
    But removing that land from the park won't impact the ball fields or nearby bike lanes, said Caltrans spokesman Steven Shultz. The bike lanes could be affected during construction, but Shultz said access for cyclists will be maintained throughout.
    There is much more information in this informative article.

    I hope the San Diego Bicycle Advisory Committee give the plans a thorough vetting. The Friars Road/163 intersection has long been a difficult area for bicyclist and pedestrians alike. With the rapidly coming boom in population and housing density, these difficult issues need to be addressed up front, not later as an after thought.