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Shift Program Construction Update

August 2019

With new construction on the horizon, the Shift program is dedicated to providing you with up-to-date information about the major projects bringing new amenities and resources to your neighborhood. Please note, construction schedules are subject to change. To confirm the information below and other work schedules, contact Shift at 844-SHIFT-SD.

Visit ShiftSanDiego.com or follow @ShiftSanDiego on Twitter for continuous updates on construction information that may impact your neighborhood.


Construction Term Highlight: Topping out

Topping out refers to the installation of the final piece of a structure or the completion of the roof on a building, bridge or other large construction project. It signifies that the structure has reached its maximum height. Residential buildings in the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood will be topping out in September.


Rideshare Week: Sept. 30 - Oct. 4

Join iCommute during Rideshare Week – Monday, Sept. 30 through Friday, Oct. 4 – as they celebrate the many benefits of commute alternatives. Rather than driving alone, share the ride and socialize, work, rest or read while someone else drives. For more information on how you can participate, visit icommutesd.com/events/rideshare-week.


Mid-Coast Trolley Construction, SANDAG Project

Trolley Underpass at La Jolla Colony Drive
To accommodate work on the Trolley underpass, lanes on La Jolla Colony Drive have been widened and restriped to provide one lane of traffic in each direction on what was previously the northbound side of La Jolla Colony Drive. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11, traffic will be realigned so both lanes are on what was previously the southbound side of the road. Construction of the Trolley underpass is expected to be completed in early 2020.

Traffic configuration at La Jolla Colony Drive
La Jolla Village Square and Nobel Drive
Construction at La Jolla Village Square is anticipated to begin on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Work will include creating a new driveway to La Jolla Village Square from Nobel Drive and other improvements to the area. More information on this work will be provided in the upcoming weeks. 

For more information on the Mid-Coast Trolley project, including a map, detours and what to expect, visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/MidCoastTrolley, Facebook.com/MidCoastTrolley or @ShiftSanDiego on Twitter. 


Southbound I-5 Auxiliary Lane, SANDAG Project 

The I-5/Genesee Avenue Auxiliary Lane project will construct a new southbound auxiliary lane between Genesee Avenue and La Jolla Village Drive. The auxiliary lane will improve merging patterns and traffic flow on I-5 between the two intersections. Current work includes hauling materials and drainage out of the construction site.


North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, UC San Diego Project

New traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of North Torrey Pines Road and Muir College Drive, and a new streetlight will be installed on the northbound side of North Torrey Pines Road. Work is estimated to begin in mid-December. In addition, northbound lane closures on North Torrey Pines Road will be implemented to begin work on the installation of the water line. Timing for these closures are to-be-determined. Ongoing work on the academic and residential buildings is continuing daily. Two residential towers, buildings 3 and 4, will be topping out in September.

The North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood is on the rise! 


UC San Diego Mesa Housing Pedestrian and Bike Bridge, UC San Diego and City of San Diego Project

On Tuesday, Sept. 10, a round of girders – the large support beams for the bridge – will be delivered to the construction site. This may result in some intermittent closures for installation with minimal impacts anticipated. This project is estimated to be completed in December 2019. 

The new bridge will provide a direct route for pedestrians and bicyclists between Mesa Housing, East Campus Medical Center and the Main Campus, improving mobility for residents, students and staff.

Fire Station 50, City of San Diego Project 

Fire Station 50, to be located on the southeast corner of Nobel Drive and Shoreline Drive, is anticipated to open in late summer or fall 2020. Current work includes the framing of the second-floor deck and site grading, which is planned to be complete by the end of September. The cast-in-place concrete walls – meaning each wall was poured and set on-site – are topped out for the structure, paving the way for structural framework to continue. 


Scripps La Jolla Campus Parking Garage and Bridge, Private Project 

A 2,000-car parking garage will be built on the Scripps La Jolla campus for both patient and employee parking. In addition, a bridge will be built across Scripps Health Drive to connect the structure to the Anderson Pavilion on Scripps campus. Currently, work will consist of six slab-on-grade pours taking place in September. Slab-on-grade concrete work, or floating slab foundations, is a structural engineering practice where the concrete slab that serves as the foundation for the structure is formed from a mold set into the ground. The concrete is then placed into the mold, leaving no space between the ground and the structure. 

Let us know what projects you’re most interested in receiving information about via email at info@ShiftSanDiego.com or phone at 1-844-SHIFT-SD. Visit ShiftSanDiego.com to sign up for email alerts about major construction updates and access the map of all the ongoing projects.
The Shift San Diego Team

For information about this work and other construction schedules call Shift at 844-SHIFT-SD. For additional information about the Mid-Coast Trolley project call (877) 379-0110, email midcoast@sandag.org, or visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/MidCoast.

Si desea obtener información en español, por favor comuníquese al (619) 699-1950 o pio@sandag.org.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), this document is available in alternate formats by contacting the SANDAG ADA Coordinator, the Director of Administration, at (619) 699-1900 or (619) 699 -1904 (TTY).

About Shift

The Shift program, formed by the San Diego Association of Governments, is designed to provide residents, businesses and commuters impacted by construction in University City and La Jolla with information and resources to minimize disruption, confusion and potential traffic challenges, as well as provide transportation solutions. For more information, visit ShiftSanDiego.com. To view other possible closures or impacts in the area, visit the construction notices section of Shift. Sign up for text alerts to receive notices for major construction and impacts by texting “ShiftSD” to 797979 and check out Shift’s commuter resources to help you get around the construction.

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