A community open house and public hearing for the Uptown Bikeways project was held on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. View open house materials.
The open house and public hearing marked a key milestone for the Uptown Bikeways project. After several years of community outreach and project refinement, the SANDAG Board of Directors is expected to consider whether the project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) at its July 22, 2016, meeting. As part of the project’s CEQA compliance, SANDAG has prepared a Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment, which was published on May 9, 2016.
Open house and public hearing attendees had the opportunity to talk with project team members and provide feedback. Comments collected at the open house and public hearing and responses to those comments will be provided to the Board of Directors for consideration prior to the meeting.
The Uptown Bikeways will create connections within neighborhoods, improve streets, and create links to the larger bikeway network being built throughout the region. The project will provide on-street connections from Old Town and Mission Valley through Uptown to Downtown, North Park, and Balboa Park. The Uptown Bikeways is one of the first high priority projects identified in the San Diego Regional Bike Plan to be funded for implementation. View the project's fact sheet in English and en Español for more details. Information from community meetings conducted during the planning phase alignment analysis is available under the Get Involved tab.
Since the completion of the planning phase in early 2014, work on preliminary engineering and design has been underway. This includes detailed engineering analysis and technical studies of the proposed designs for bikeways along the identified project alignments. A number of solutions were explored during the process.
On June 5, 2015, the SANDAG Transportation Committee directed staff to move forward with final engineering of the original design concept for the project with the exception of the constrained portion of University Avenue between 1st Avenue and 9th Avenue in Hillcrest, and maintaining vehicle access on the eastbound ramp from Washington Street to University Avenue.
If the project receives CEQA approval from the SANDAG Board of Directors, the Uptown Bikeways will be segmented to phase final design and construction. While work will continue on the entire project, the first segment that will go into construction will be the sections of 4th and 5th avenues from B Street to Washington Street, which is anticipated to begin construction in 2017.
SANDAG will continue to outreach to residents and businesses along the project alignments, as well as members of the broader community, and provide presentations to community groups. Project updates will be sent via email and social media.
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