Four grade-separated pedestrian crossings are planned in the City of Encinitas along the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) coastal rail corridor.
The project includes the construction of undercrossings (rail bridges), pedestrian approach enhancements, landscape beautification, crosswalks, and other street crossing improvements on adjacent roadways, as well as utility relocations and environmental mitigation as needed.
With the construction of the crossing, access to beaches, schools, commercial areas, and residential neighborhoods across a very active rail line will be dramatically improved.
A budget of $5.9 million was allocated for the engineering and construction of the first pedestrian undercrossing at Santa Fe Drive.
Besides Santa Fe, other crossings are planned at El Portal Street, Montgomery Avenue, and Hillcrest Drive. The total cost of the four crossings is estimated at $25.7 million, of which $6.7 million in state and local funds have been identified. The City of Encinitas has contributed $1.25 million. SANDAG has allocated $2.75 million from TransNet, the regional half-cent sales tax for transportation projects. SANDAG will build the project in collaboration with the City and the North County Transit District.
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Frank Owsiany, Senior Engineer