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    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2018 edited
    Old Knotty Buoy:You just can't make this stuff up…

    Oh my! But wouldn't SANDAG's gondolas from the airport seque so well into the SANDAG's Pedestrian Tube Over Coronado Bay?
    "Funded by a $75,000 county grant, the study was conducted by the HNTB architectural firm and outlined three ways to cross the bridge..."

    Keeping in mind, of course, all these helpful SANDAG "studies" are in lieu of any actual funding for meaningful improvements...
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2018
    Who are these private consultants, and what is their relationship to government agencies that permits them to be paid generously from taxpayer funds on pie in the sky projects that have zero possibility of ever coming to fruition?

    I would be all supportive of a LAX-style "Sky Train", but don't we need a modicum of commitment and the prospect of actual funding before we start handing out $$$ to private consultants?
    • CommentAuthorbossvoss
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2018 edited
    From Circulate SD:
    San Diego Needs Better Transit to the Airport -Tell the Airport!

    As Circulate San Diego noted in a recent letter to the Airport, the Airport’s $1 billion plan to redevelop Terminal 1 does not include any serious improvements to bus or rail transit, ignoring an idea many San Diegans have pushed for years — connecting the trolley to the Airport.
    The graphic below shows a People Mover located mostly on Airport property. It is just one idea the Airport should consider to connect travelers to nearby trolley stops.

    Join Circulate and many more stakeholders to let the Airport leaders know San Diego Needs Better Transit to and from the Airport!

    Do you want to see world-class transit options at the San Diego International Airport? Let Airport leaders know. Send them a letter NOW by filling out the form below. It’s easy!
    Both SANDAG and the Port of San Diego have responsibilities here as well. Be sure to write them also.

    Using Washington Street Trolley Station or Middletown Trolley Station adds another level of complexity (read: hassle) for those utilizing NCTD Sprinter/Buses and/or Coaster, Amtrak or other regional transit. Patrons would need to transfer to the MTS Blue or Green Line Trolley at either Old Town or the San Diego downtown Santa Fe Depot. Getting the timing right, schlepping bags and accommodating seniors, children, bikes and disabled commuters will be a big hassle. To promote and encourage usage, the process needs to be streamlined and easy peasy.

    If you're going to make the people mover a functional, utilitarian facility, it should have a stop at the downtown train station. Let SANDAG handle the process off airport, getting from downtown up along Harbor Drive to the terminals (maybe even as far as Shelter Island and then loop back around with stops at Harbor Island East and Cruise Ships before completing the loop at Santa Fe Terminal.) Let SAN airport handle on-airport property, getting passengers to/from terminals, rental cars and long term parking, as they do now.

    Aerial view of Automated People Mover (APM) at LAX (Rendering courtesy of LAWA)
    LAX Automated People Mover

    Sky Harbor Airport — Sky Train (Phoenix AZ)

    A complete ride of the "Downtown/Inner Loop" with the free people mover in Miami. The railway serves 20 stations and carries around 28,500 passengers a day. The route network is 4.4 miles long and consists of three routes. Metromover is a free mass transit automated people mover train system operated by Miami-Dade Transit in Miami, Florida, United States.

    Shanghai to Introduce Sky-Train with Transparent Carriages
    Shanghai is going to introduce its so-called 'elevated railway' system into the city, with transparent carriages meant to provide passengers with an unobstructed 360-degree view of the city, the Shanghai Morning Post reported. An elevated railway, also known as overhead railway or sky train, is a rapid transit railway with tracks above street level.

    All this on a bike forum. I dream of easy access to Spanish Landing, Harbor Island and a safe, easy commute for all bicyclist, adults and children, between Point Loma/points north to downtown and beyond. Free Harbor Drive of needless vehicles!
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeOct 16th 2018
    Which do you think would cost less? Building this gondola thingy, or having Elon bore a tunnel straight from the trolley station to the terminal? You know, like a normal city?


    Opinion: San Diego International Airport's EIR is misguided and flawed
    Lorie Zapf October16, 2018
    The San Diego International Airport has released a plan to redevelop Terminal 1 that would push the costs to minimize traffic, transit, air emissions and noise impacts onto residents, local businesses, the City of San Diego, the Port of San Diego, SANDAG and others.

    Unless corrected, this project threatens nearby neighborhoods, leaving them with more traffic, more noise and more air pollution, and little in the way of plans to eliminate or minimize these negative impacts. The Airport’s environmental impact report, or EIR, uses outdated facts, understates problems this redevelopment creates and ignores the impacts on residents and businesses in Point Loma and our beach communities. The Airport should go back to the drawing board and get it right.

    Despite its $1 billion price tag, the Airport’s redevelopment plan fails to move passengers efficiently, and its analysis fails to address all the problems it will cause outside the airport fence. As usual, the Airport’s environmental impact report fails to analyze connecting the trolley with the Airport. The Airport can and should build a “People Mover” that takes passengers to the Washington Street and Middletown trolley stops, following the model that SFO and LAX have employed."

    The airport’s narrowly-focused and insufficient analysis covers only Harbor Drive between Grape St. and Terminal 2, meaning traffic and noise impacts in Point Loma, Ocean Beach and elsewhere were ignored, and no plans are offered to deal with problems in these communities. Similarly, the impact report offers no real solutions to reduce greenhouse gases.

    San Diego deserves a world-class airport that will serve our entire region as well as visitors to our amazing city that also addresses and mitigates real impacts to surrounding neighborhoods — not just those on airport property.

    The San Diego Airport's Terminal 1 Plan Threatens Nearby Neighborhoods
    Lorie Zapf October 4, 2018
    "The airport’s selfish plan to capture all the new revenue from revamping Terminal 1 while making others pay to solve related transportation problems is shameful."

    Criticism building over airport’s $3b makeover project
    October 15, 2018

    Your Opinions | Airport makeover: Mixed views on traffic plans and Terminal 1 expansion
    U-T Letter writers October 17, 2018
    "Don’t delay improvements over traffic concerns"
    ~ Adrian Fremont; San Diego

    Community outcry grows over airport terminal expansion
    Maria Arcega-Dunn October 17, 2018
    Residents say the project threatens their neighborhoods, leaving them with more traffic, more noise and more air pollution, and offers little in the way of plans to eliminate or minimize these negative impacts. Robert Jackson, who lives in Point Loma, is one of many who says the new report does not include community input. He says it lists numerous potential impacts that it calls "significant and unavoidable." “I don’t think you can box out the community and not consider everybody that lives around the airport and their quality of life also,” said Jackson.

    The initial phase of Terminal One is scheduled to open in 2023 with 22 gates, and eight more gates would be added three years later. The final environmental report would be certified and approved by the end of this year with the Coastal Commission review in 2019.

    Terminal 1 Should Be Priority No. 1 for San Diego
    Greg Cox October 4, 2018

    Local Agencies Blast the Airport Authority's Plan to Redo Terminal 1
    Andrew Keatts October 3, 2018

    After Playing Nice, Gonzalez Targets the Airport Once More
    Sara Libby August 3, 2018

    Airport Usage Is Up — But Demand to Move and Expand It Is Way Down
    Maya Kroth March 22, 2018
    Better access via public transportation is on the wish list, too, although funding for the proposed Intermodal Transit Center is still unclear after voters rejected SANDAG’s requested sales-tax hike back in 2016.

    A patchwork solution was implemented last year in the form of a Trolley-to-Terminal shuttle. Passengers can get off the Green Line in Middletown, haul their bags several hundred feet across Pacific Highway and pick up a free trolley to the terminals. April Boling admits it’s not an ideal solution, but they’re working with what they’ve got.
    ----- ----- ----- -----

    By reducing pass-through vehicle traffic associated with the San Diego Airport, neighborhood roads are made safer for all bicycle users, adults and children alike. Nimitz Boulevard is the "back-way" route to the airport for many flyers coming and going. Whether it be private vehicles, taxis or shared ride, the often frenzied drivers, anxious to make their flights, zip through the residential neighborhood filled with children commuting to or from school. (This is true for other areas as well: Little Italy, Hillcrest/Five Points, Midway/Pacific Highway, Rosecrans/Point Loma Village etc.)

    The morning shared commute of bike commuters, school commuters, airport patrons, and of course everyday workers is the most obviously conflicted and competitive among differing transportation modes, but it is true all day long. By providing an alternative, cost efficient, utilitarian transit choice to the airport, a drastic reduction in vehicles clogging our roads can be realized. Greater safety for neighborhoods, reduction in traffic, pollution, noise and stress is the desired outcome, enhancing all our Quality of Life.

    Bike commuters on Nimitz Boulevard deal with a lot of vehicle traffic already.

    An expanded airport will only add to the already difficult situation.

    School commuters share the same difficulty every morning and at various other times as they move between home, school, sports, and other activities.

    Tourist and travelers are important for San Diego but the citizens must come first. This city is funded by the local residents working everyday to raise families, contribute to their communities, and pursue their careers. The city's and regional leaders must provide firstly to them and only then give any consideration to visitors & travelers. Both can be accommodated at the same time if clever planning, design and implementation of needed infrastructure can be managed by the agencies responsible. That's a big ask.

    This San Diego International Airport EIR must be denied until the local communities' needs and requests are met fully.
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2018 edited
    Opinion: San Diego International Airport's EIR is misguided and flawed
    Lorie Zapf October 16, 2018,
    Lorie Zapf is running for re-election in SD Council District District 2 on 6th November. Although I agree with most of her points in this article, let's keep in mind that her stance on airport expansion is fueled less by her support for alternative transport and more by her desire to pander to her Point Loma electorate that has always wanted the airport moved somewhere else in the first place.

    Zapf is a line-voting Republican who supported Trump's border wall in City Council, supported NRA in opposing an assault weapon ban, and has strong financial ties to large commercial developers and contractors in town.

    Her opponent in the CD2 election on 11/6 is Dr. Jen Campbell, a Democrat.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2018
    Old Knotty Buoy:
    This San Diego International Airport EIR must be denied until the local communities' needs and requests are met fully.

    This San Diego International Airport EIR must be denied until the local communities' needs and requests are met fully.
    A World-Class Airport for the End of the World
    New Orleans is building a state-of-the-art, billion-dollar terminal.
    But is it planning for a future doomed by climate change?
    Christopher Schaberg Oct 18, 2018
    Air travel is integrally tied to the accumulation and consolidation of capital, and in some ways airports epitomize globalism. They convey tourists, businesspeople, refugees, cargo, ideas, disease, and more anywhere across the globe in less than a day. This is why President Trump was so eager to point out the miserable state of American airports during the 2016 campaign. If our airports were better, everything else would be better, too. The era of climate change is also the age of the airport, in which international, cross-cultural efforts to bolster and maintain human air travel proceed at any cost. Airports both facilitate and symbolize the glory and the cost of global industry, and the global warming it has produced.
    Mark Kersey @markkersey
    Good news for cyclists today. The Infrastructure Committee moved forward an agreement to complete the SR-56 bike path, extending it underneath I-5 for a safe connection to the Sorrento Valley Pedestrian/Bike path.


    Cyclists that bike along the southside embankment of the San Diego River have stopped because of the sign.

    So much for riding bike along the river
    West Mission Bay Drive bridge will include two three-lane segments.
    Mike Madriaga October 26, 2018
    Recently, cyclists that bike along the southside embankment of the San Diego River — stopped cycling by the West Mission Bay Drive exit (off of the I-8 exit) — because of a “BIKE LANE CLOSED AHEAD” sign on the eastside of the bridge.

    I thought that that was going to be closed down constantly,” said Todd, owner of Top Jolt Cycle on Cable Street in Ocean Beach. “I changed my running area and I stay away from it right now.” What some cyclists don’t see is that there’s a small 11.5″ by 8″ sign taped on the construction sign that reads “Sidewalk open on other side — Follow detour under bridge.

    We need a new bridge because that bridge is so old."

    They keep the bike path open as much as they can” Todd said. Four days earlier, as I strolled by the construction site, I was passed by about 20 cyclists going westbound and then underneath the old bridge. The new West Mission Bay Drive bridges are slated to be completed by 2022.
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2018
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2018
    Pershing needs this much, much more.
    • CommentAuthort.e.d
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2018
    Sigurd:Pershing needs this much, much more.

    Agreed. Pershing needs bollards at the very least. I'm still glad Golf Course dr. is getting bike lanes even though I don't ride through there much anymore. It's a great way to get from GH to SP. What would be REALLY nice is if we could find a way to get across Florida Canyon without a monumental climbing effort.
    • CommentTimeOct 30th 2018
    Old Knotty Buoy
    Good news for cyclists today. The Infrastructure Committee moved forward an agreement to complete the SR-56 bike path, extending it underneath I-5 for a safe connection to the Sorrento Valley Pedestrian/Bike path.

    That's cool. I'm up for a position that might make this a viable commute (abet a long one).
    Del Mar Council approves construction contract for Streetscape
    Brittany Woolsey October 31, 2018
    The Del Mar City Council on Oct. 29 approved a $5.1 million construction contract to revitalize Camino Del Mar. The council unanimously accepted Tri-Group Construction and Development, Inc.'s bid of $5,153,874 to construct the Downtown Streetscape Plan, which would revitalize the area with features such as a new roadbed, sidewalks, trees, streetlights, four-way crosswalks, and street art.

    Following the council's Sept. 17, 2018 approval to approach the project in one fell swoop rather than several phases, the city received five bids, with Tri-Group offering the lowest amount of money, according to city staff. The total cost of the project — including the construction contract, design billings, inspections, landscape work and geotechnical services — is $6,764,000. A portion of the funds will come from Measure Q and an existing Streetscape project budget. The city will have to finance $1,499,844, and staff expects to return to the city at the end of the year with ideas on how to finance that portion.

    Initially, city staff had expected the total costs to be about $7.1 million. Council member Ellie Haviland said the city should be proud it came in under budget and that the project was finally coming to fruition. She cautioned, however, that this could just be the beginning. "This is an awesome start to Streetscape but people are going to want more when it's done," Haviland said.

    Streetscape construction is expected to begin following the 2018 Thanksgiving holiday, said Mohsen Maali, deputy public works director. City staff expects most of the project to be complete by July, 2019.
    (See posting above, May 19, 2018)
    Smorg: Aug 25, 2017A roundabout on the 76 at Valley Center Rd? I wonder how that would go with all the semi's and trailers.
    Here's your answer.

    The accident apparently was caused when a truck’s brakes overheated coming down Hwy 76.

    Rincon Chairman Mazzetti calls roundabout “$17 M waste of money”
    news desk November 01, 2018
    After a large truck broke through the Hwy 76 & Valley Center Road roundabout earlier this week, Rincon Tribal Chairman repeated his criticism that the structure at the intersection is “a $17 million waste of money.” The accident happened Friday, shortly after 3 p.m. According to witnesses, the brakes of a truck heading down the hill overheated, causing it to collide with a Mercedes, forcing it into the center of the roundabout. There were no injuries or traffic delays.

    Due to the long grade of Hwy 76 that stretches for several miles as it descends into Pauma Valley from Palomar Mountain, Lake Henshaw and the desert, vehicles whose drivers are unfamiliar with the road can lose control of their brakes. Some accidents in the past have been quite spectacular and several have been catastrophic and fatal.

    When he was first shown the original design by the CalTrans engineer several years ago, Mazzetti said he tried to argue her out of it. “I told her, ‘This is terrible. You don’t understand the velocity of the cars coming down that grade. That’s what the accidents are: They lose their brakes in that straightaway.’ ” This meeting was held at the La Jolla Reservation. “A lot of us said the same thing,” said the chairman. “We could tell it was the traffic engineer’s ‘legacy.’ We could tell it was like talking to a door.

    Mazzetti added, “You have these weekend folks that have their big trailers. By the time they get down to the roundabout their brakes are red hot. Nobody listened. Sacramento laughed at me. It was a big waste of money. They had maybe 2 ½ big accidents a year. But the engineer wanted it to be a showcase. They wasted $17 million. A million-dollar stoplight would have been just as useful. It’s poor management of the taxpayers’ money.
    Old Knotty Buoy:
    Smorg: Aug 25, 2017A roundabout on the 76 at Valley Center Rd? I wonder how that would go with all the semi's and trailers.

    Unfortunately this accident happened. It's not the designer's fault. It's the vehicle operator's fault. A common thing I see/smell often driving around the twists, turns, hills, and valleys all over the region. This isn't isolated to San Diego. People just do not know or understand how to use the transmission to slow a vehicle. I see it all the time, brakes smoking, cars on the side of the road. Semi trucks in the gravel pits. That... burnt brake smell.

    Faces on a cell phone.


    Maybe better signage is needed.
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeNov 6th 2018
    Old Knotty Buoy:
    Smorg: Aug 25, 2017A roundabout on the 76 at Valley Center Rd? I wonder how that would go with all the semi's and trailers.

    Unfortunately this accident happened. It's not the designer's fault. It's the vehicle operator's fault. A common thing I see/smell often driving around the twists, turns, hills, and valleys all over the region. This isn't isolated to San Diego. People just do not know or understand how to use the transmission to slow a vehicle. I see it all the time, brakes smoking, cars on the side of the road. Semi trucks in the gravel pits. That... burnt brake smell.

    Faces on a cell phone.


    Maybe better signage is needed.

    Seems the results would be catastrophic whether a vehicle was stopped at a red light or at a roundabout.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeNov 10th 2018 edited
    Old Knotty Buoy:

    Concrete deck finished! Last week's pour was a huge step for the Gilman Drive Bridge Project, which will increase accessibility to Medical Center Dr & the UC San Diego campus. The new bridge is scheduled for completion in early 2019.
    This might become a very well used bridge. It's narrow however, and from past construction postings I think it's only going to get 5-foot, painted, unbuffered bike lanes.

    Once the Voigt Drive bridge becomes 4 lanes from it's current 2, and they add the new on/off direct access ramps from the middle of that bridge to I-5 freeway, traffic (and bicycles) will be inclined to avoid that area and use the new Gilman Drive bridge. There really should be physical barriers to protect both bicyclist and pedestrian across this vital link on the UCSD campus.
    Voigt Bridge Replacement/ Voigt Drive Widening/ Campus Point Drive Realignment
    Additionally, Voigt Drive will be widened from two to four lanes, starting at the Voigt Drive Bridge and going to Genesee Avenue on the east. This will require relocation of the Campus Point Drive and Voigt Drive intersection to improve traffic circulation and accommodate increased queuing of vehicles. (Lead Partner: Caltrans)
    Gilman Drive/Gilman Bridge
    This new bridge will unite existing campus roads on both sides of the I-5 freeway: Gilman Drive on the west and Medical Center Drive on the east. Travelers will be able to go from one side of campus to the other without driving on busy city streets such as La Jolla Village Drive and Genesee Ave. Traffic on these roadways will be reduced and getting across campus will be quicker and more efficient.

    To facilitate smooth traffic flow, the bridge and intersections on both sides will have three-lane configurations: One lane of traffic each way with a protected left-hand turn lane. Sidewalks and bicycle lanes will also be included on the bridge.

    The bridge silhouette has now been unveiled:

    “It’s a very unique arch bridge,” John Haggerty, Director of Rail at SANDAG said. “The university wanted a signature bridge for their campus connection.”

    Aside from the illogic of "very unique," I think it's a pretty nice bridge, but not as distinctive as other San Diego County CalTrans arch bridges, including the nearby Eastgate Mall bridge over the 805, and the Rainbow bridge over I-15.
    They left the gate open about a month ago, and there were no signs posted, so I helped myself to an early ride over the bridge and back :)
    • CommentAuthorgottobike
    • CommentTimeNov 12th 2018
    Show No. 63: Chris & Melissa
    Bruntlett Share their Experience of Becoming Car-less. Oh, the Modacity of it All!
    Imagine if you were given a new way to explore your city or town – that there was little in the way of barriers to do so – and that you would also be contributing to your health while helping to de-escalate stress, congestion, pollution – Would you support it?
    Shady John:“It’s a very unique arch bridge,” John Haggerty, Director of Rail at SANDAG said. “The university wanted a signature bridge for their campus connection.”

    It's interesting to note SANDAG's 'Director of Rail' is making the comments here. I think this bridge project was somehow married to the trolley project for various reasons. Hopefully, the SANDAG teams communicated the needs of the bicycle and pedestrian community to this roadway implementation.

    A "signature bridge" should have function firstly, and form secondarily. The utility and function of the bridge deck should include proper accommodation of robust walkways, bike lanes, bike boxes, signals and other such facilities, equally with vehicle traffic. This will become a well used 'cut-through' for both campus traffic as well as local traffic. (Think University housing on the east side of HWY-5 with grad-student bike commuters.)

    Another brand new construction project with the opportunity to plan, design and build for the transportation mode share it will be expected to carry in a safe and efficient manner, at a modern, forward thinking university setting. I'll reserve judgement until I see the roadway approaches and bridge deck treatments as they relate to all modes of transportation. An Onion or an Orchid? To be decided.

    Soon, the new Voigt Drive bridge will be constructed. What will that project learn form this endeavor?
    Downtown Streetscape project to break ground this month
    Lexy Brodt November 8, 2018
    DEL MAR — After over two decades of anticipation, residents can expect to see a revitalized downtown corridor as early as July 2019.

    The Downtown Streetscape project is a long-awaited plan to revamp the downtown thoroughfare of Camino Del Mar — from 9th street through the north entrance of the Plaza — implementing new sidewalks, lane striping, lighting and various landscaping improvements. The project aims to increase safety and walkability in Del Mar, while also beautifying the stretch with new furnishings, trees and plant life.

    At the Oct. 29 City Council meeting, council members voted 5-0 to approve a construction contract with Tri-Group Construction and Development, Inc. Construction will start as early as late November, though the bulk of activity will begin after the new year. Construction will be implemented in one phase — rather than the original multi-phase approach — in order to minimize disruption to the community and avoid future cost increases.

    The construction contract is for about $5.1 million, with the total cost coming in at $6,764,000. The project will be funded in large part through Measure Q funds — a 1 percent hike in sales tax approved by Del Mar voters in 2016 — as well as through the city’s existing Streetscape Project budget. There is an approximately $1.5 million gap in funding for the project. Options for financing the remaining costs will be brought in front of the City Council come 2019.

    Plans to revitalize the downtown corridor go back as far as 1996, when Spurlock Landscape Architects drafted the “Streetscape Plan” — envisioning improvements across the entire span of the city’s central corridor, from Carmel Valley Road to Via de la Valle. In 2013, the city embarked on a sidewalk connectivity project to increase pedestrian walkability in Del Mar, with a total of nine sections running from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to Via de la Valle. Downtown Streetscape will soon be the seventh completed section, and according to staff, the longest and most comprehensive due to its central location.

    After several months of public engagement, City Council approved designs for the Downtown Streetscape Project in February 2018. Phase one was originally to begin in spring 2018, but bids came in “significantly higher” than anticipated, and the project was stalled. In mid-September, the city put the project out to bid once more, with an estimated total cost of $7.1 million. Five bids came in, with San Diego-based Tri-City Construction and Development’s being the lowest.

    City Council members expressed excitement about moving forward with the Downtown Streetscape project. Mayor Dwight Worden said the project will allow the city to do its part in making downtown “more alive and more vibrant.” “What we can do is fix up the infrastructure, make the streets more attractive, make it a pleasant place to be, and maybe that will stimulate the private owners to do their part,” Worden said.

    For a breakdown of the updates to each block, visit: Del Mar Downtown Streetscape Project Overview.
    • CommentTimeNov 13th 2018 edited
    Why are they making a surface road through a college campus a major thoroughfare? Go look at USD, SDSU, and campuses beyond (UC Berkeley and Santa Cruz come to mind), and you will see the exact opposite - a concentrated effort to discourage auto traffic -- and especially through traffic -- inside the campus perimeter.

    PS! University of San Diego was rated #1 most beautiful campus in the nation by the Princeton Review in 2017 - pretty sure this wouldn't be possible if they had designed it to maximize auto throughput.
    La Jolla Shores Drive sees sewer line replacement, lane closures
    Ashley Mackin-Solomon November 7, 2018
    After a one-year respite from disruptive construction in La Jolla Shores, front loaders, trucks and jackhammers are back along La Jolla Shores Drive, this time for a sewer and water line replacement project that will continue for approximately another year and a half. This work could run right up against the City’s undergrounding project, slated to start in just over a year.

    The City of San Diego’s sewer and water project, currently underway, will replace 12,300 linear feet of water main pipes along La Jolla Shores Drive and connecting eastward streets. To accommodate construction vehicles, traffic is limited to one lane in some segments. Project manager Steve Lindsay explained that the work will proceed this way until Memorial Day, when the summer construction moratorium goes into effect. “The project, in total, will go for probably another year and a half,” he said.

    For questions or concerns about the work, call the Public Works Department construction project information line at (619) 533-4207 or e-mail with the project name (AC Water & Sewer Group 1011) in the inquiry.
    We'll have to make sure robust bike lanes are part of the roadway repaving once all the work is done. There is plenty of time to plan for such work and have it ready to go when the time comes.
    • CommentAuthorShady John
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2018
    Sigurd:Why are they making a surface road through a college campus a major thoroughfare? Go look at USD, SDSU, and campuses beyond (UC Berkeley and Santa Cruz come to mind), and you will see the exact opposite - a concentrated effort to discourage auto traffic -- and especially through traffic -- inside the campus perimeter.

    PS! University of San Diego was rated #1 most beautiful campus in the nation by the Princeton Review in 2017 - pretty sure this wouldn't be possible if they had designed it to maximize auto throughput.

    For the Gilman bridge, the justification appears to be unification of the two sides of campus (west and east of I-5) and minimization of trips that have to take place on surface streets outside of campus. If this is via shuttle bus, it makes sense, but I agree it will probably end up routing more cars through campus.

    For the Voight bridge, there will be direct access HOV ramps, and my guess is this was a compromise with CalTrans et al. UCSD probably wanted the direct access ramps to make it easier for employees to get to I-5 without having to swarm onto Genesee and LJ Village Drive and Gilman (as happens now). But these ramps will attract non-campus traffic entering UCSD to access the ramps.

    As for USD, maybe familiarity breeds contempt, but USD kind of seems like a commuter school to me. No matter how well-kept the grounds may be, I can't see this as the most beautiful campus in the US. I would vote for UC Santa Cruz--except for all of the buildings!

    Construction crews pouring and forming the curb on the north end of the Encinitas Coastal Rail Trail.

    Curb Formation is Underway!
    Construction crews are currently forming and pouring the curb on the north end of the Encinitas Coastal Rail Trail along San Elijo Avenue. As crews continue making progress southward, the limited amount of space behind the k-rail (concrete barriers) will warrant a southbound lane closure to allow the concrete mixing truck to continue pouring concrete over the k-rail. Two-way traffic will always be maintained via the use of flagging crews.

    Motorists traveling on San Elijo Avenue between Santa Fe Drive and Montgomery Avenue may experience intermittent delays between the hours of 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. as a result of this activity from Monday, November 19 to Wednesday, November 21, and from Monday, November 26 to Friday, November 30. Once completed, crews anticipate removing the k-rail along San Elijo Avenue in December 2018. We thank you for your continued patience during construction.

    CARDIFF RAIL TRAIL: A Safe, Accessible Path for Walking, Running, and Biking

    The Cardiff segment of the regional Coastal Rail Trail (the Cardiff Rail Trail) will be located along the railroad tracks between Chesterfield Drive and Santa Fe Drive, detouring inland from Rte. 101 so that it is integrated with the community rather than being stranded outside Cardiff. The plan for the Cardiff Rail Trail is described, section by section.

    Map of the network of planned railroad/road crossings

    The Border to Bayshore Bikeway is an approximately 6.5-mile route that will provide safe biking connections within and between Imperial Beach, the San Ysidro community of San Diego, and the world’s busiest land border crossing at the San Ysidro Port of Entry.

    Bike route will connect San Ysidro to Imperial Beach
    David Hernandez November 20, 2018
    Cycling between San Ysidro and Imperial Beach is expected to get much easier and safer under a proposed project that is shaping up. The plan is to create a 6.5-mile bike route from the border crossing in San Ysidro to the Bayshore Bikeway, a bike path that stretches around San Diego Bay, including in Imperial Beach. The route across San Ysidro, Otay Mesa West, Nestor and Imperial Beach aims to make cycling a safe and convenient transportation option within the communities, as well as for longer trips between the border and the rest of South Bay, via the Bayshore Bikeway.

    It’s all about giving people choices,” said Linda Culp, principal planner with the San Diego Association of Governments, the regional agency behind the project. “We don’t want to have to get in our cars for every single trip,” Culp added. “If we have a quick trip to shop, to grab coffee, to commute to work, to meet friends — whatever it may be — giving people another choice to make those kinds of trips.

    The route, called the Border to Bayshore Bikeway, includes destinations such as commercial centers, schools, parks and three trolley stations, on Iris Avenue, Beyer Boulevard and at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. Plans include various types of cycling paths intended to boost safety, including bike lanes with buffer space between the bike and traffic lanes on 13th Street in Imperial Beach, a so-called bicycle boulevard — a street meant to prioritize cycling — on Grove/Ingrid avenues from Nestor into Imperial Beach, and a two-way bikeway with a separation between the path and the traffic lanes on Beyer Boulevard in San Ysidro. The latter concept is known as a cycle track or protected bike lane and oftentimes includes parallel parking spaces or raised curbs between the bikeway and the traffic lanes.

    Other proposed features also aim to make the route safe, by slowing traffic and distancing bicyclists from vehicles. Those include two raised crosswalks near Southwest Middle School and the trolley station on Iris Avenue, a roundabout at the junction of Oro Vista and Iris roads in Nestor, and five similar but smaller features called traffic circles, most of them along Grove Avenue.

    The project, which is in the preliminary engineering and environmental analysis phase, has met some resistance from residents over eliminated parking spaces and traffic congestion. During a recent open house and public hearing on the project, some community members expressed concerns about the route including streets already “busy” with traffic, including Ingrid Avenue and Beyer Boulevard. “I think it’s going to create more problems,” Miguel Corrales told representatives of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) at the Nov. 13 meeting at the San Ysidro Civic Center.

    According to a SANDAG study published in late October, the project will not lead to major traffic impacts along most of the route — except for a short segment of Beyer Boulevard. While the 0.2-mile stretch between Smythe Avenue and Caminito de los Niños won’t experience an immediate increase in congestion, the study concluded it will down the road, perhaps in 2040. The anticipated congestion “is the result of projected future growth” and the reduction of two traffic lanes on Beyer Boulevard as envisioned in the San Ysidro Community Plan, a blueprint for development the city adopted in late 2016.

    Worries about traffic and less parking has led to some changes in the proposal, particularly in a stretch on Oro Vista Road. Early concepts eliminated parking along the street, which runs along several apartment complexes and offers access to Interstate 5. To ease concerns, SANDAG converted parallel parking spots to angled parking spots on either side, which eliminated less spaces and created a winding path that aims to slow traffic. “We really worked hard to find something that we hope strikes a balance,” said Alison Moss, project manager for SANDAG.

    During the recent meeting, Andy Hanshaw, executive director of the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, called the proposed route “an important link” between destinations from San Ysidro to Imperial Beach and other South Bay cities. “It’s a bikeway that serves all ages and abilities,” he said, making reference to the safety concepts. “That’s a really important part.” While offering his support for the project, Henshaw also urged SANDAG to include clear signage along the route. “Because there is a variety of treatments, from bike routes to bike boulevards to traffic circles, just having really good, clear signage and guidance for getting people on the bike route is really important,” he said.

    David Flores, community development director for Casa Familiar, said the social services nonprofit in San Ysidro also approves the project. “We’ve done several bike education workshops and find the streets in San Ysidro very dangerous to try to ride a bike with your family,” he said. “We think that staff has selected the correct locations for the bike route in connecting the different neighborhoods that touch San Ysidro.

    The meeting in San Ysidro was the third put on by SANDAG to collect input from the community. The previous meetings were held at the Imperial Beach Library and Southwestern High School. The project is funded by a CalTrans grant and a local match from the TransNet half-cent sales tax. Completion is expected by the end of 2021.

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    Revised Leucadia Streetscape plan gets council approval
    Aaron Burgin November 21, 2018
    ENCINITAS — Encinitas has adopted the changes recommended by the California Coastal Commission to a proposed overhaul of North Coast Highway 101. The project, commonly referred to as the “Leucadia Streetscape,” will dramatically transform the stretch of 101 into a bicycle-, pedestrian- and transit-friendly enclave complete with six roundabout intersections.

    The California Coastal Commission unanimously approved the project in October, but with several recommended changes:
    • A requirement that the city study travel time along any major coastal access roadway with significant congestion prior to modifying it. If the study shows that the project will impact coastal access, it “should be avoided,” according to the staff recommendation.
    • A stipulation that any future roadway modifications include public access benefit enhancements that promote different transportation methods, including improved walking and biking access and increased public parking.
    The City Council voted 4-1 at its Nov. 14 meeting to memorialize the commission’s stipulations. Mark Muir, who has voted against the streetscape plan, cast the lone dissenting vote.

    Streetscape has been highly controversial in the city, and became one of the defining issues during the most recent election. The plans call for six roundabouts between A Street and La Costa Avenue, bike lanes, pedestrian paths, wider sidewalks and crosswalks, bus facilities, on- and off-street parking, and the planting of more than 1,000 trees to restore the street’s famed tree canopy. North Coast Highway 101 would be narrowed from four lanes to two lanes in the project area, north of Leucadia Boulevard. City officials estimate the project will cost $30 million and are weighing options on how to pay for it.

    Supporters, which include a number of business owners, residents east of the railroad tracks and several prominent residents who live west of Coast Highway 101, believe the proposed reconfiguration of the main street will reclaim it for the community after years of being used by motorists to bypass traffic on nearby Interstate 5. They also see it as a potential boon to the retail district, as the street will be beautified, traffic will slow down and possibly attract more people to local businesses. After decades of wait, the project is long overdue, they said.

    Opponents argued that the streetscape would choke traffic along Coast Highway and force motorists onto residential streets like Neptune and La Veta Avenue, and will deter people from visiting the beach. They also said that the proposed changes are subject to Proposition A, the 2013 voter initiative that empowered the public to vote on major land use changes. Voters are on the verge of electing the three officials who supported the plan: Mayor Catherine Blakespear, Deputy Mayor Joe Mosca and Planning Commissioner Jody Hubbard, who defeated Muir for the newly formed District 3 council seat.

    Five people spoke on the item at the council meeting, including four project supporters who thanked the council for their support, and an opponent who said the project will jeopardize public safety.
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    (See above postings from April 14, 2018; March 29. 2018; March 21, 2018; October 11, 2018; October 12, 2018)
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2018
    Todd Gloria, Op-Ed in Voice of San Diego:

    Don’t Let Terminal 1 Become Another ‘San Diego Special’ - excerpt:
    "It is incomprehensible that despite the Trolley’s Blue Line running along the eastern edge of the airport’s runway there is no easy connection between these two transportation assets. This situation isn’t just frustrating to users, it’s a civic failure that must be fixed."
    • CommentTimeNov 21st 2018
    "Millennials Unhappily Stuck in their Parents’ Transportation System"

    • CommentTimeDec 2nd 2018
    Hi all! I rode through Escondido yesterday and got to see some new infra.
    There appears to be a new bike bridge across the Escondido Creek on the west side of Broadway, going to Grape Day Park, and running into the existing protected (by parallel-parked cars) cycletrack.

    The cycletrack turns west along the north side of Valley Pkwy. It is now all painted and protected by a series of bollards, with sharrows painted through intersections.

    At busstops, the bus stops in the traffic lane and the bikes in the cycletracks are to yield to passengers.

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    The cycletrack turns north along the west side of Centre City Pkwy and joins a newly paved section of Escondido Creek Bike Path to head west to Quince, where a new zebra crossing was just painted between it and the old bike path that goes thru the transit center to connect to the rail-trail.
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    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2018
    Bicycle Master Plan (Montgomery County, MD)
    The Plan envisions a future where all residents have access to a comfortable, safe and connected bicycle network.
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    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2019