San Diego Business Journal

New Program’s Aim: Brace Region for Golden Triangle Construction Impacts

By Lou Hirsh Wednesday, July 26, 2017
   

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has joined with city and other government leaders to form a new information program coordinating nearly 50 major development projects in the city’s highly trafficked Golden Triangle area.

Known as Shift, the outreach program includes a website (shiftsandiego.com) and is intended to be a “one-stop shop” for construction information, project coordination and transportation solutions, according to a SANDAG statement. Officials announced the project at a news conference July 26 in University Towne Center.

Officials noted that there are nearly 50 major public and private construction projects underway or set to break ground soon in the triangle area, which are expected to impact traffic flow and daily commutes over the next five years.

Those include the Mid-Coast Trolley extension, the widening of the Interstate 5/ Genesee Avenue interchange, several high-rise apartment complexes, a new bridge crossing the freeway onto the UC San Diego campus at Gilman Drive, and the city’s Pure Water project, which will clean recycled water for use as drinking water.

The Shift program is designed to provide residents, businesses and commuters with information and resources to minimize disruption, officials said. The Shift website and @ShiftSanDiego Twitter handle will provide up-to-date information on traffic, noise, detours, road closures and other project-related impacts.

Shift will also aim to minimize construction impacts by bringing together project management teams to share information and avoid conflicts.

The Golden Triangle is formed by the junctures of three major local highways in northwestern San Diego – state Route 52 and Interstates 5 and 805. Neighborhoods within the triangle include the mostly residential University City, the mixed-use UTC, and a portion of Sorrento Valley.

The triangle, where weekday drive-time traffic issues have long been the source of local complaints, is also adjacent to key local business and education hubs, such as La Jolla and Miramar.

SANDAG, a regional planning agency, is partnering on Shift with the city of San Diego, University of California San Diego, Metropolitan Transit System and Caltrans.