Encinitas Coastal Rail Trail:

Chesterfield Drive to Santa Fe Drive Undercrossing Segment

Project Overview

The Encinitas segment of the 44-mile Coastal Rail Trail will help improve biking and walking connections to several destinations in the Encinitas community, including local parks and businesses, beaches, and schools. The first project in Encinitas will provide a 1.3-mile walking and biking path along the east side of the railroad tracks near San Elijo Avenue, from Chesterfield Drive to the Santa Fe Drive undercrossing.

The project is one of the improvements identified in the North Coast Corridor Public Works Plan/Transportation and Resource Enhancement Program (PWP/TREP). The PWP/TREP includes a package of highway, rail, biking/walking, environmental, and coastal access improvements along San Diego’s North Coast Corridor – a 27-mile stretch from La Jolla to Oceanside – over the next 30 years. The PWP/TREP was unanimously approved by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) in August 2014. Each project included in the PWP/TREP is subject to CCC review and approval of a Notice of Impending Development (NOID) permit prior to the start of construction. 

In compliance with the PWP/TREP, SANDAG submitted a NOID application for an alignment on the west side of the railroad tracks in February 2017. At its May 11, 2017 meeting, the California Coastal Commission approved the project's NOID with the special condition that the project shall be built within or immediately adjacent to the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo (LOSSAN) rail right-of-way along San Elijo Avenue (east side of railroad tracks) to be consistent with the CCC interpretation of the NCC PWP/TREP. 

Since May 2017, the project has been environmentally cleared under both CEQA and NEPA, and the design has been finalized. Caltrans will construct the project as part of the ongoing railroad improvement work in the corridor area. 

Crews began preliminary construction activities along San Elijo Avenue in April 2018. Throughout the construction phase, work will take place Monday through Friday, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. During construction, nearby residents and businesses can expect intermittent construction noise. Parking along the bluff will be temporarily removed along San Elijo Avenue, between Santa Fe Drive and Montgomery Avenue, during construction and there will be intermittent traf­fic delays. Pedestrians and bicyclists can expect temporary trail closures.

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Brandy Sweitzer
SANDAG Senior Public Outreach Officer
401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 595-5610

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