California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Date: Feburary 13, 2015
District: 11 – San Diego and Imperial Counties
Contact:  Media Relations Officer Edward Cartagena
Phone:  (619) 688-6723

Caltrans and Partners Break Ground On
Interstate 5/Genesee Avenue Interchange Project

Project Displays Growing Trend Toward Integrated Multimodal Transportation System

SAN DIEGO – Caltrans, the San Diego Association of Governments and local officials gathered today in San Diego to kick off construction for the Interstate 5/Genesee Avenue Interchange Project, which will not only reduce congestion for vehicles traveling in the area, but provide improved options for bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Times and transportation needs have changed since this interchange was built nearly 50 years ago,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “This project is an excellent example of the types of projects Caltrans delivers today: ones not only geared toward the automobile but that are part of an integrated system that reflects all the ways people and goods get from one place to another.”

The I-5/Genesee Avenue Interchange Project will replace the existing six-lane Genesee Avenue overcrossing with a ten-lane structure that will include additional vehicle lanes, sidewalks and bicycle lanes to better accommodate current and future traffic demands in the San Diego region. The project will also widen the on and off-ramps, add auxiliary lanes on I-5 between Genesee Avenue and Roselle Street and construct a new, separated bicycle/pedestrian facility.

This project is just one piece of a multi-pronged effort to expand travel choices in this region. Besides highway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements, Caltrans and its partners are also working on coastal rail, transit and environmental improvements along the I-5 North Coast Corridor between Manchester Avenue in San Diego and State Route 78 in Oceanside.

The estimated cost of the project is $105 million, funded by a combination of federal, state, city and regional revenue sources. It is scheduled for completion in 2017.

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