Utilizing $3 million in settlement fund commitments from the Rancho Encantada project, CalTrans was successful in obtaining $23 million from Sacramento’s annual transportation funding. Teamed with $14 million in prior partial funding, CalTrans is now fully funded.
It will get bids on a $40 million project that will include one additional southbound and northbound lane to improve traffic flow on the I-15 between Scripps Poway Parkway and Miramar Way. A more detailed description of the project will be forthcoming in a future SRCA Newsletter article after the contractor has been chosen.
The Scripps Ranch Planning Group (SRPG) continues to work on trying to get the city of San Diego and CalTrans to agree to a constant free-flow lane on the north side of the Pomerado Road to Miramar Road bridge across I-15. The goal is to allow the morning commute on Pomerado leading to the I-15 to not be impeded by the timed signal at the eastern end of the bridge. This backs up most mornings well beyond Willow Creek.
The city has now conceptually approved a plan that could allow this to occur. It will work closely with CalTrans over the next couple of months to gain their required approval for this interim improvement. It is required now due to CalTrans’ ultimate bridge widening project that is still at least 10 years away.
Western Pacific Housing has filed for a Community Plan Amendment proposing land use changes on a portion of the Alliant International University (AIU) campus parcel that they are in the process of purchasing. This proposal indicates an intention to consider placement of between 700 and 1,200 housing units–no commitment on "for sale" vs. rental purpose. The request to initiate the Plan amendment opens the door for the project to attempt to move forward. The issue was supposed to go before the Planning Commission in September, but was continued until Wednesday, Oct. 23.
All of the various public water entities finally declared they have tapped into Miramar Lake for the final time with the just completed pipeline project. Therefore, the SRPG will now move forward with a median along the north/south stretch of Scripps Ranch Boulevard between Scripps Lake Drive and Mira Mesa Boulevard, which has been merely yellow striped for years.
In addition, the SRPG voted to expand this project to add a formal median on the stretch of Mira Mesa Boulevard between Scripps Ranch Boulevard and the I-15 freeway. Right now, there are pylon cones. We will work with City Traffic Engineering and our Scripps Ranch Landscape Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) in determining the turn pocket lengths, traffic patterns, and landscape irrigation budgets.
The SRPG is also finally ready to readdress the long-awaited median along the stretch of Scripps Ranch Boulevard between Aviary and Scripps Ranch Boulevard/Carroll Canyon. This is directly south of the Business Park lots owned by Intel–whose plans are currently "on hold."
This stretch was established as a four-lane major street in the Scripps Ranch Community Plan many years ago. It would require a time-consuming and costly Community Plan amendment to move forward with anything less than four lanes.
However, with help from Councilmember Brian Maienschein’s office, an interim plan will be allowed to move forward. It would designate two lanes of traffic, along with parking, bike lanes in both directions, and a landscaped median. The MAD will be consulted regarding the landscape irrigation.