Construction Notices

Mid-Coast Trolley construction began in fall 2016. To find out more about the construction process, check out our Construction Info brochure in English and en Español.  

Current Activities

Santa Fe Street Parking Reductions: In April, crews will begin the permanent removal of parking on the west side of Santa Fe Street, between Karl Strauss Brewing Company (5965 Santa Fe Street) and Coventry Cars of San Diego (5097 Santa Fe Street), in preparation for construction of the Rose Creek Bikeway. Portions of Santa Fe Street will be intermittently reduced to a single lane to accommodate construction. Access to businesses will be maintained. 

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Olive Street TPSS Installation: On Wednesday, April 17, a traction power substation (TPSS), which will provide power for the Trolley, will be installed at Olive Street, near the railroad right-of-way. Work is scheduled from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Parking and lane closures will be in place on Olive Street and Kettner Boulevard during installation.

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Overnight Closure of Interstate 5 Lanes: From 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, through 5 a.m. on Friday, April 12, temporary overnight closures will continue on Interstate 5 as crews pour concrete to build the bridge deck for the Trolley overpass at Voigt Drive. There will be a full closure of southbound lanes from the I-5/I-805 Interchange to La Jolla Village Drive. Two northbound lanes will be closed from La Jolla Village Drive to Genesee Avenue. Please take alternate routes to avoid potential congestion. 

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Construction of Trolley Tunnel Underpass at La Jolla Colony Drive: Starting March 3, crews began construction of the Trolley underpass at La Jolla Colony Drive. To accommodate construction, lanes on La Jolla Colony Drive will be reconfigured to provide one lane in each direction. Construction is expected to be complete by late 2019. Some full weeknight and weekend closures may be required throughout construction, during which time, there will be no access to La Jolla Colony Drive from east of the Interstate 5 on- and off-ramps to Rosenda Court.

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Nobel Drive Closure: Starting early Saturday morning, March 9, Nobel Drive will be closed for crews to install falsework, the temporary structures used to support the Trolley bridge during construction. The closure will be in effect from the I-5 on-ramp to the entrances of Shops at La Jolla Village and La Jolla Village Square, and will take place from 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, through 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, March 10. Access to the shopping centers will be maintained. 

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Overnight Closure of Southbound I-5 Lanes: From 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, through 5 a.m. on Friday, March 1, temporary overnight closures will continue on southbound Interstate 5 as crews pour concrete to build the bridge for the Trolley overpass at Voigt Drive. Closure will be in effect on SB I-5 from the I-5/I-805 Interchange to La Jolla Village Drive. Please take alternate routes to avoid potential congestion. UPDATE: In addition to the southbound closure, two northbound I-5 lanes will be closed from La Jolla Village Drive to Voigt Drive, also from 9 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, to 5 a.m. on Friday, March 1.

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Morena Boulevard Lane and Sidewalk Closures between Gesner Street and Jellett Street: Starting February 19, a sidewalk closure and traffic controls will be in effect on northbound Morena Boulevard to accommodate ongoing Mid-Coast Trolley construction activities. A single lane of northbound Morena Boulevard will be closed between Gesner Street and Jellett Street, along with the sidewalk at the southeast corner of the Morena Boulevard and Ingulf Street intersection. One lane of northbound traffic will remain open on Morena Boulevard, and access to businesses will be maintained at all times. Traffic control signs will be posted for construction zone safety.

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Northbound I-5 and Off-Ramp and Lane Closures at Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue and Grand Avenue/Garnet Avenue: As part of ongoing construction activities on the off-ramp, a full weekend closure of the I-5 off-ramp to Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue is scheduled from Friday, February 22, at 9 p.m. to Sunday, February 24, at 9 p.m. The off-ramp will be shifted to newly constructed pavement adjacent to the existing off-ramp.  A single lane closure of the northbound I-5 from Grand Avenue/Garnet Avenue to Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue will also be required from Friday, February 22, at 8 p.m. to Sunday, February 24, at 3 a.m. Additionally, motorists can anticipate nighttime closures of eastbound Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue on Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23, from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m. each night. During the nighttime closures, one lane of eastbound traffic will be shifted to westbound Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue. Daytime single lane closures of eastbound Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue will also be in place Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. Motorists that require access to the off-ramp will be detoured northbound on Mission Bay Drive to Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue. Off-ramp and roadwork construction activities will be completed in phases and intermittent nighttime and weekend closures of the northbound I-5 off-ramp to Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue will continue through summer 2019.

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Intermittent Partial Closures on Genesee Avenue: This February, intermittent partial closures continue along Genesee Avenue in support of Trolley bridge construction. Girders, or large beams, will be installed on top of columns to build the viaduct, or bridge structure, that will carry the Trolley along its route. Crews have now placed girders in five different major intersections along Genesee Avenue. Though girders will continue to be set along Genesee Avenue, all required long-term closures have been completed.  

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Balboa Avenue Railroad Bridge Demolition: Work to demolish the Balboa Avenue Railroad Bridge and construct a new railroad bridge began May 17 and will continue through early 2019. Construction of a railroad bridge spanning Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue is ongoing. To accommodate this work, lane and ramp closures, originally scheduled through October 2018, will be in place intermittently through early 2019. Work hours will be Sundays through Thursdays, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. One lane each of westbound and eastbound traffic on Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue will remain open at all times. Motorists can expect the following intermittent traffic controls: 

  • Closures of westbound and eastbound Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue, from Interstate 5 to Moraga Avenue.
  • Closures of north and south Morena Boulevard on- and off-ramps.
  • Closure of the Balboa Avenue/Garnet Avenue off-ramp from northbound Interstate 5.

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Underground Systems Work: Through summer 2019, construction crews will continue intermittent nighttime work on underground communication and electrical systems for the Mid-Coast Trolley within the railroad right-of-way between Taylor Street in Old Town and Cedar Street in Downtown San Diego. Crews will generally move north to south and will work at each intersection for about one month at a time. General work hours will be Sundays through Thursdays, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., and some day and weekend work may be required. For more information on each work location, please view the fliers below:

Lane Reductions on La Jolla Village Drive: Beginning Sunday, September 9, continuing through mid- to late 2019, eastbound and westbound lanes of La Jolla Village Drive will be temporarily reduced to two lanes, between Costa Verde Blvd. and Executive Way. Crews will be erecting falsework to prepare for girder installation activities.

Morena Boulevard Lane Closures near Tecolote Road: A nighttime closure of northbound and southbound W. Morena Boulevard, from the W. Morena Boulevard/Morena Boulevard split to Vega Street, will be in place starting the week of September 4 through early December 2018 to accommodate utility work. The closure will be in effect Sundays through Thursdays, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Please follow the posted detour signs and traffic controls when traveling near the work area. 

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Temporary Realignment of Rose Canyon Bike Path and I-5 Impacts: Starting June 13, 2018, a southern portion of the Rose Canyon Bike Path will be temporarily relocated to the west side of the train tracks, east of Interstate 5 and north of Santa Fe Street, while crews construct a new, permanent path. The interim path will connect the north end of Santa Fe Street to about 1,000 feet north of State Route 52. A temporary realignment of the northern portion of the bike path is also in place, rerouting to a protected, temporary two-lane bikeway located on the outside shoulder of the northbound I-5 off-ramp. Sections of the permanent path will be reopened as they are completed starting in summer 2019. The full, permanent path is anticipated to open in 2020.

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Morena Boulevard Construction Activities: Beginning May 2, northbound Morena Boulevard, from Balboa Avenue to Tecolote Road, will be reduced to one lane. Southbound Morena Boulevard is reduced to one lane of traffic in some areas. Work hours will be during the day, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., but closures will remain in place 24 hours a day.

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Genesee Avenue Traffic Shift: On January 2, 2018, crews began shifting traffic to the outer lanes of Genesee Avenue from La Jolla Village Drive to Nobel Drive. Crews also began construction on the viaduct - a bridge structure that will carry the Trolley down the middle of Genesee Avenue. This work is focused on Genesee Avenue, from Regents Road to Nobel Drive. Northbound and southbound lanes of Genesee Avenue will be restriped and shifted to the outer lanes from Regents Road to Nobel Drive while crews begin work in the median. Large drilling equipment will be set up within the median. Traffic control phasing and lane configuration may vary between day and night work hours. Traffic control signs, including necessary detours for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists, will be posted. These types of traffic controls will be deployed at various times through early 2020.

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Rose Creek Bikeway Construction: Preliminary construction of the Rose Creek Bikeway began in January 2018. Initial work included clearing and removing vegetation in the construction area near the creek between Santa Fe Street and I-5. Major construction began in June 2018, including construction of the trail, under-crossings, and a bridge. Project completion is anticipated in spring 2020.

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Gilman Drive Bike Lane Near Rose Canyon Bike Path: A portion of the bike lane on Gilman Drive, below the I-5 freeway overpass, will be intermittently closed for project construction access. Cyclists will still be able to access the Rose Canyon Bike Path. Please exercise extra caution when traveling near the work area. 

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Marian Bear Memorial Park: Crews have fenced off an area within the Rose Creek Channel, near the existing railroad tracks, for construction activities and staging equipment purposes. There will be no access along the Rose Creek channel between Marian Bear Memorial Park and Rose Creek open space. Users of the Marian Bear Park trail should avoid entering or passing through the construction area. Please follow direction of the posted signs.

Gilman Drive Bridge: Work began in late 2016 on I-5 near Gilman Drive to prepare for construction of the Gilman Drive Bridge. Crews have installed temporary barricades near Gilman Drive that will remain for approximately two years. The new bridge will connect the west and east sides of UC San Diego and span I-5.

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Friars Road: In fall 2016, crews began work along Friars Road between Sea World Drive and Napa Street to build the San Diego River Bridge Double Track project in advance of construction on the Mid Coast Trolley project. Several traffic control phases involving multiple lane closures and shifts will be implemented in this area throughout the course of the project to help facilitate this work. The concrete barrier railing that has been placed on Friars Road is to support both projects and also is expected to last throughout the project duration. 

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Balboa Avenue: Crews continue to work nights to minimize impacts to local traffic. For all residents and businesses in the area, access to driveways will be maintained throughout the project. There may be some portions of roads closed or detoured at night. 

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Community Presentations

2019

February 19: Clairemont Community Planning Group

Presentation

2018

La Jolla Community Planning Association

Presentation

July 11: University City Planning Group

Presentation

May 9: Clairemont Community Planning Group – Balboa Avenue Station Specific Plan Ad Hoc Sub-Committee

Presentation

May 9: University City Planning Group 

Presentation

2017

March 16: Irvine Company Construction Info Sessions

Display Boards | Presentation

2016

November 9: University City Community Association

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November 8: PS Rose Canyon 

Presentation

October 22: Groundbreaking Event

Invitation | Display Boards

September 20: Clairemont Community Planning Group

Presentation

August 18: Canyon Park Apartments Open House

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July 26: Irvine Company Construction Info Sessions

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March 29: La Jolla Colony Open House

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