Caltrans News Release
March 1, 2017
Contact: Steven Shultz
Caltrans (619) 688-6670
Region’s Transportation Officials Highlight Projects for 2017
SAN DIEGO—The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) hosted its annual Transportation Update event Feb. 28, featuring regional transportation experts providing a forecast of multimodal transportation projects in San Diego County for 2017.
Representatives from Caltrans District 11, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the North County Transit District (NCTD), and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) delivered comments to local media, conducted one-on-one interviews with the media, and provided displays and resources covering transportation construction projects and planned improvements for the coming year.
Speakers at the event included Caltrans District 11 Director Laurie Berman, SANDAG Executive Director Gary Gallegos, CHP Border Division Chief Jim Abele, NCTD Chief Financial Officer Luz Cofresi-Howe, and MTS Director of Marketing and Communications Rob Schupp.
The event was held on the top floor of a parking structure at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, overlooking Interstate 5 where Caltrans is implementing a number of improvement projects in 2017.
Berman introduced the Caltrans Major Construction Map for San Diego Projects in 2017 – located online at http://www.dot.ca.gov/d11/maps/MajConstSD.pdf – and highlighted some of the projects, including:
- Build NCC (North Coast Corridor) program along Interstate 5;
- Interstate 5/Genesee Avenue Interchange Project;
- State Route 15 (SR-15) Mid-City Centerline Project;
- SR-15 Commuter Bikeway Project; and
- Interstate 8 Update Project in Imperial County
Fact sheets for the above projects and others listed on the 2017 Major Construction Map are located online at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/d11/projects/
Berman also discussed the overall role and mission of Caltrans, various sustainability and innovation efforts under way in District 11, and the substantial amount of work handled by Caltrans maintenance crews in response to recent winter storms in San Diego County. This included a record 34 emergency projects totaling more than $33 million in Fiscal Year 2015/2016.
Berman concluded by reminding motorists to avoid driving while distracted or impaired; obey traffic laws; move over a lane if safe to do so for highway, safety and emergency workers; and “Be Work Zone Alert.”
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