Realigned Roadway will Provide Direct Access to Future Mid-Coast Trolley Station in University Community
La Jolla CA— Today, Monday, June 1, 2020, a section of northbound Campus Point Drive will close to vehicles and pedestrians for more than one year. This work is part of the ongoing Voigt Drive Improvements project, a joint effort of SANDAG, Caltrans, and UC San Diego to realign Voigt Drive and Campus Point Drive.
The closure of northbound Campus Point Drive will be in effect between Medical Center Drive and Genesee Avenue. Access to the UC San Diego Medical Center will be maintained via southbound Campus Point Drive. Motorists should plan for delays. Vehicles exiting the medical facilities will be detoured via Medical Center Drive and Health Sciences Way.
A full closure of Voigt Drive, which began on April 20, also is in effect between parking lot P701 and Campus Point Drive. Since the closure began, access has remained to and from Scripps Memorial Hospital and Anderson Medical Pavilion. Beginning June 1, vehicles will be able to access the Scripps Health facilities via Voigt Drive—from the west only—but will be required to exit via Genesee Avenue.
The closures are expected to continue through fall 2021, just prior to the anticipated completion of the Mid-Coast Trolley project.
SANDAG, Caltrans, and UC San Diego are monitoring the impact of COVID-19 and will address the needs of nearby medical centers as they are identified, with the priority being the health and safety of patients and healthcare workers.
The Voigt Drive Improvements project is being constructed concurrent with the Mid-Coast Trolley project and will provide direct access to the future Voigt Drive Trolley Station. The project will widen Voigt Drive, improve underground utilities, and add a new bicycle lane and sidewalks. Traffic flow in the area is expected to improve to better accommodate future traffic demands.
Construction of the $42.8 million project began in December 2019. The Voigt Drive Improvements project is made possible by funding from TransNet, the half-cent sales tax dedicated to regional transportation projects. TransNet is funding approximately 60% of the project. Additional funding is being provided by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017, also known as Senate Bill 1, and UC San Diego.
The Mid-Coast Trolley project will extend Blue Line Trolley service from Santa Fe Depot in Downtown San Diego north to the University community, serving major activity centers such as Mission Bay Park, the VA Medical Center, UC San Diego, and University Towne Centre. Nine new stations are part of the project and under construction. Major construction work began in 2016, with service anticipated to begin in late 2021. To learn more, visit KeepSanDiegoMoving.com/MidCoast.
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