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Shift Program Construction Update

June 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
Nighttime closures continue along Genesee Avenue as Mid-Coast Trolley crews perform exterior finish work on the Trolley bridge. The construction between Regents Road and Eastgate Mall, which required daytime closures, was completed ahead of schedule. Additionally, on Tuesday, June 30, crews began conducting concrete pours and setting the elevator tower for the future UTC Trolley Station. For the latest updates on construction activities along Genesee Avenue, please visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/MidCoastNotices.

Trolley Underpass at La Jolla Colony Drive
Track and electrical system work at the Mid-Coast Trolley Underpass is ongoing, and impacts to La Jolla Colony Drive are anticipated to be complete by early August. On July 8, crews will repave portions of the roadway with restriping scheduled to begin on July 16. 

Trackwork progress at the Mid-Coast Trolley Underpass
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 

On July 6, driveway access to and from Scripps Health facilities via Voigt Drive closed for crews to rebuild the driveway and adjacent roadway. In approximately one month, the driveway is expected to reopen for inbound traffic from the west only. Outbound traffic will continue to be rerouted to Genesee Avenue. Additionally, a full closure of Voigt Drive continues to be in effect between the entrance to parking lot P701 and Campus Point Drive. The northbound lanes of Campus Point Drive between Medical Center Drive and Genesee Avenue also are closed. 

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 that will last approximately 14-18 months and are necessary to expedite project work, lessen the overall impact, and ensure public safety. For detailed information on the closures and impacts to nearby medical facilities, please visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/MidCoastNotices.

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 Road intersection. Construction will include the replacement of one traffic signal arm and new control wiring to all signals at the intersection and is expected to be completed this month. One lane in each direction on Muir College Drive will remain open during night work activities.

In addition, a new streetlight will be installed south of the Muir College Drive intersection and a new storm drain will be connected to North Torrey Pines Road. Construction will take place from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., Sunday nights through Friday mornings.

Aerial view of the intersection at Muir College Drive and North Torrey Pines Road

Franklin Antonio Hall, UC San Diego Project

Franklin Antonio Hall is currently in the beginning phases of construction and will continue through April 2022. The proposed 191,500-square-foot building will be located on an existing 3.12-acre parking lot (P502) on the corner of Voigt Drive and Equality Lane. Basement concrete walls and columns are now visible on site, and concrete pours will continue over the next several weeks for the foundation of the building. Vehicular traffic may continue to experience some delays as concrete trucks enter and exit the site, and pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be diverted to the south side of Voigt Drive where sidewalks and bicycle lanes will remain open. Signs will be in place to identify detours and alternate routes, and flaggers will be present during construction hours to direct traffic. For more, visit the UC San Diego Planning Design and Construction website.

Construction progress at the future Franklin Antonio Hall
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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