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Arcing I-5
Dolores Davies | Crest Road

Gilman Drive Bridge. Photo Art Olson.
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Anyone driving on I-5 recently, in the UC San Diego and La Jolla area, should have noticed the nearly impossible to miss new Gilman Drive bridge, arcing gracefully across I-5 and connecting the west and east portions of the UCSD campus.
This new bridge, which is expected to be completed in 2019, is just one of the many traffic and street enhancements planned for the UCSD campus and the University City area in preparation for the new 11-mile Trolley extension, which is expected to be operational in 2021. The trolley, known as the MTS Trolley Blue Line, will have three stations on campus and two more in the UTC area, including a Westfield UTC transit center, where riders can connect to NCTD’s 101 Bus to reach Del Mar. The Trolley Blue Line, extending north along the I-5 corridor from the existing Old Town Station, will also make stops at Tecolote Road, Balboa Avenue, Clairemont Drive, and Nobel Drive stations.

Another major transit improvement effort underway in the University City area is the widening of the Genesee Avenue bridge, which will complement recently completed Genesee Avenue enhancements and improve local traffic circulation and freeway access. The existing six-lane Genesee Avenue overpass will be replaced with a ten-lane structure that is expected to accommodate current and future traffic demands. The project will also widen the freeway access ramp and add a dedicated path for bicyclists and pedestrians. An auxiliary lane on I-5 North will also be added between Genesee Avenue and Roselle Street.

The $105-million Interstate 5/Genesee Avenue Interchange Project is being funded through a partnership between the Federal Highway Administration (FHA), Caltrans, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the City of San Diego and UC San Diego.



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