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Shift Program Construction Update

May 2020 Overview and Upcoming Activities

The government has deemed public works construction activities to be essential, so we’re continuing to keep active construction projects moving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Protecting the health and safety of the San Diego region, including our partners, contractors, and stakeholders, is a top priority for SANDAG. Be assured that construction crews are following precautionary health measures, and we continue to monitor developments and follow all health guidance and orders. For additional information, visit sandag.org/COVID-19.

To protect the health and safety of staff, partners, and the general public, SANDAG offices are closed to the public. Our team is working remotely during this time to provide essential services, and to continue progress on critical regional projects. 

For any questions or inquiries regarding construction taking place in your neighborhood, please feel free to contact Shift at info@shiftsandiego.com.


Mid-Coast Trolley Construction, SANDAG Project

Genesee Avenue
Over the next several weeks, nighttime closures will continue along Genesee Avenue, between Regents Road and Nobel Drive, for Mid-Coast Trolley crews to perform exterior finish work on the Trolley bridge. Additionally, from Monday, June 1 through Friday, June 5, daytime closures will be in place at the intersection of Genesee Avenue and Nobel Drive for crews to perform underground electrical operations and continue bridge and station work for the Trolley. 

Crews work on the exterior finish of the Trolley bridge along Genesee Avenue
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.

Voigt Drive Improvements, Joint Project of Caltrans, SANDAG, and UC San Diego 

The Voigt Drive Improvements Project will expand transportation capacity to better accommodate existing and future traffic demand in the East Voigt Drive area, particularly for peak-period commuting. Additionally, the project will provide a direct route to the future Voigt Drive Trolley Station, improving transit access to and from local medical centers, schools, businesses, and other nearby facilities. Lastly, the project will bring underground utility improvements to the campus, a bicycle lane along Voigt Drive, and new sidewalks. The improvements are anticipated to be complete by the end of 2021, which aligns with the opening of the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley extension. 
This multi-phased construction effort requires road closures which will last approximately 14-18 months and are necessary to expedite project work, lessen the overall impact, and ensure public safety. 
On June 1, a full closure of the northbound lanes of Campus Point Drive went into effect between Medical Center Drive and Genesee Avenue. Southbound lanes leading to the UC San Diego Medical Center will remain open. Additionally, Voigt Drive is closed between the entrance to parking lot P701 and Campus Point Drive.

Closures and detours for the Voigt Drive Improvements project

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

Night work continues along Muir College Drive and will require lane closures at the North Torrey Pines intersection. Storm drain work is underway and will connect the lines under the northbound lanes of North Torrey Pines at Muir College Drive. Additional work will include installing a new traffic signal at the intersection, connecting the storm drain, and replacing the inner conduit and wiring around the intersection. New streetlights also will be installed. Construction will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday nights through Friday mornings, with one lane of traffic to remain open during working hours. 

Aerial view of the future North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood

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 November 2020. In the coming weeks, contractors will install the elevator, begin concrete work on the east driveway and median on Nobel Drive, and connect the station alert system and fire alarms. Eastbound and westbound traffic may be impacted along Nobel Drive for the concrete work.   

Additionally, crews will begin off-site underground trenching and conduit placement for the SDG&E gas line along Shoreline Drive, which may impact parking in the cul-de-sac and adjacent condominiums through mid-June.


Scripps La Jolla Campus Parking Garage D, Private Project

A 2,000-car parking garage is being built on the Scripps La Jolla campus for both patient and employee parking. Additionally, a pedestrian bridge will be built across Scripps Health Drive to connect the structure to the Anderson Pavilion. Concrete pours for the roof of the parking garage are complete.  
Currently, crews are conducting interior plumbing and electrical work. The scheduled completion for the parking garage is anticipated for September 2020. 

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 Diversity and Equity, 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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