|City Council Narrows Down Long-Term Traffic Solutions to Four Options
regional traffic congestion in and around the City of Coronado is one
of the City Council's top priorities. In particular, the Council is
focused on improving traffic flows on State Routes 75 and 282. These
areas span from the foot of the San Diego-Coronado Bridge at Third and
Fourth streets to Naval Air Station North Island. Recently, the Council
took an important step toward developing a long-term traffic solution
by narrowing down potential options to four viable choices.
San Diego-Coronado Bridge is an asset that serves the greater San Diego
community," said Jim Benson, City of Coronado Director of Engineering
and Project Development. "Much of the traffic congestion in Coronado
comes from regional sources. We are working closely with those who use
and benefit from this corridor to develop regional solutions to traffic
The San Diego-Coronado
Bridge was constructed in 1969. Original bridge projections accounted
for approximately 20,000 car trips per weekday. Today, the bridge
accommodates roughly 89,000 trips each day of the week. By 2030, the
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) estimates that more than
107,000 cars will travel over the bridge per weekday. During peak
weekdays, traffic counts already approach SANDAG's projections. In
2002, the City's Engineering Department embarked on a regional traffic
study funded by the federal government. The intent is to evaluate
traffic congestion solutions and develop an alternative that best meets
the needs of the City and the San Diego region. A total of 14
alternatives were identified and studied by City staff and consultants.
Alternatives ranged from a "no-build" concept that would retain the
existing street alignments to more elaborate solutions, such as
tunnels, trenches and underpasses.
||Underpasses under Third and Fourth streets would be created at Orange Avenue.
||A partially covered trench would span from the foot of the bridge to North Island.
tunnel with two lanes would be cut or bored underneath the City from
the foot of the bridge to Naval Air Station North Island.
||Two identical single-lane tunnels would be bored underneath
On December 19, the City Council narrowed down potential solutions to the four outlined in the chart above.
total cost for these solutions ranges between $60 million and $330
million. and each will take approximately three years to construct.
four options address Coronado's traffic needs in different ways," said
Benson. "Our goal is to determine which of the four options best meets
the needs of Coronado residents, businesses and regional commuters."
of the potential traffic solutions, a bored tunnel under the city, was
supported by Coronado residents in 1998. Proposition O, which asked
residents whether the City should seek federal funding for a bored
tunnel solution, was approved by 83 percent. Shortly thereafter, the
City initiated a pre-design study to evaluate different tunnel options.
study found that five potential options were possible in Coronado.
These options were integrated into the City's current study (Major
Investment Study), which will identify a preferred traffic congestion
solution in April of this year.
goal is to determine which of the four options best meets the needs of
Coronado residents, businesses and regional commuters."
City of Coronado
tunnel projects have been developed in other parts of the United
States. For example, a bored tunnel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul
International Airport has helped ease regional traffic congestion, as
will the tunnel under construction at San Diego State University for
"From an engineering
perspective, a tunnel underneath the City of Coronado is a real
possibility," said Gail Brydges with the City's Engineering Department.
"Our next step is to continue working with regional partners to
evaluate what is best for the community of Coronado and the region as a
In the coming months,
additional community meetings and workshops will be held to gather
input from Coronado residents and businesses about the four remaining
options. For more information, contact Jim Benson at 619.522.7383,
email the City at SR75MIS@coronado.ca.us or visit the City's website at www.coronado.ca.us.
Silver Strand Improvement Project
Work on the
Silver Strand Improvement Project has begun. When it is complete, the
scenic area along State Route 75 (SR 75) will be more accessible,
interesting and enjoyable for Coronado residents and visitors. Benefits
from the project include expanded open space, new recreational areas,
and improved educational opportunities for those interested in learning
more about the unique ecological environment along the Silver Strand.
Creating a More Accessible Bayfront
project is being funded primarily through a grant from the
Transportation Enhancement Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21, see
box to right for more information), which was awarded to the cities of
Coronado and Imperial Beach in March 2000. Phase I of the project is
scheduled to be completed by March 2003.
For a closer look at some of the project features, see below.
Click here to view an enlarged version of the Silver Strand Improvement Project
Keeping Coronado's Beaches Clean
are several things that you and your family can do to help keep our
coastlines cleaner. Want to make a difference, but don 't know where to
start? The City of Coronado 's Department of Public Services recommends
the following easy steps to help reduce pollution.
City of Coronado encourages residents to help prevent pollutants from
entering storm drains through its Best Management Practices program.
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The storm drains are for rainwater only.
City's storm drain system flows directly into the ocean and San Diego
Bay without any treatment. Avoid depositing additional substances into
the drains as they could harm wildlife and recreational areas.
Call the Department of Public Services to report dumping.
If you see anyone dumping pollutants into storm drain inlets contact the City.
Dispose of household chemicals properly.
oil, paint, solvents, fertilizers, and pesticides can be taken to the
City 's Household Hazardous Waste collection site to be recycled.
Support the City 's street sweeping program.
Move vehicles from the street on sweeping days.
Always clean up after your pets.
waste contains harmful bacteria that can spread disease, and when it
rains, these bacteria are washed into the storm water system.
Dispose of yard waste in designated yard waste containers.
Do not sweep leaves or debris into the street or gutter.
more information on how residents and businesses can help reduce
pollution and create cleaner coastlines for our community, contact
Scott Huth, Director of Public Services, at 619.522.7380.
Boathouse Restaurant Renovations Complete
to the Coronado Boathouse 1887 restaurant, purchased by the City 's
Community Development Agency (CDA) in 2000, are complete, and the
historical structure recently re-opened for business. The CDA and the
restaurant operator have invested a combined total of more than $1.5
million to restore the facility to its original grandeur. In addition
to interior and exterior renovations and remodeling, structural and
safety upgrades have been incorporated into the site.
|The Boathouse 1887, located at 1701 Strand Way, recently re-opened to serve Coronado's residents and visitors.
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building was originally constructed in 1887 and was known as the
Boathouse. It was designed by the Reid brothers, the same architects
who designed the Hotel Del Coronado. Some of the unique features of the
building include a bellcast-hipped roof with a widow 's walk, an
observation deck and a variety of dormers. The Boathouse was originally
situated 80 feet from the shore in Glorietta Bay with a long dock
connecting it to shore. The building served as the original home to the
Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and later as the headquarters for
the Coronado Yacht Club and the San Diego Yacht Club. The Hotel Del
Coronado used the site for recreational activities for its guests for
many years. In 1967, it was relocated closer to shore and opened as the
Chart House restaurant.
current improvements are coordinated with the soon-to-be commenced
Glorietta Bay Master Plan. The restaurant is leased to Coronado
Boathouse 1887, which has remodeled the interior, complete with a new
kitchen. The restaurant will continue to serve Coronado residents and
visitors for many years to come. truly a jewel in the Coronado crown.
The City of Coronado Tunnel Project and Major Investment Study
City held two public workshops last year to gather input from Coronado
residents about potential traffic solutions. The following are answers
to some of the frequently-asked questions raised during the workshops.
WORKSHOP ON TRAFFIC
MARCH 25, 2003
AT CORONADO VILLAGE
1) What is the City doing in the short- and long-term to relieve traffic congestion?
is a top priority for the City of Coronado. The City has been actively
working with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), local
businesses and community residents to find permanent solutions to
reduce short- and long-term traffic congestion. The recent selection of
the four major improvement strategies is a result of an ongoing process
initiated by the City to specifically address this issue.
2) What other traffic relief options is the City currently considering?
City has narrowed down potential long-term traffic solutions to four
choices. In April, the Council is expected to select one option.
Additional public workshops and hearings will be conducted in the next
few months to gather input from the community. For more information on
this process, see the story on the front page of this newsletter.
3) Is a tunnel that runs under the city really an option?
a tunnel underneath the city, extending from the foot of the San
Diego-Coronado Bridge to Naval Air Station North Island, is one
possible option. The concept was originally suggested as a solution to
alleviate traffic congestion. In 1998, Proposition O, which asked
citizens whether the City should seek funding for a bored tunnel, was
supported by 83 percent of Coronado voters.
4) What would it cost Coronado residents to construct the tunnel?
City's goal is to obtain necessary funds for the long-term traffic
solution from State and Federal government sources, and not from
taxpayers. To date, the City has committed $6 million of the toll
reserve funds and $1 million of general funds toward analysis and
construction of a long-term capital project. Estimated total cost for
this project will range from $60 million to $330 million, depending on
the selected option.
5) How long will it take to complete the tunnel project?
City Council plans to select its preferred strategy by April 2003.
After securing all funding and approvals, construction of the project
is expected to take approximately three years.
6) What role is the Navy playing to develop traffic solutions in Coronado?
Navy is an important partner with the City for a successful outcome to
this regional challenge. It is anticipated that the Navy will help the
City's efforts by making monetary contributions and in-kind
contributions, such as the implementation of a compatible Third Street
Gate project and construction area.
7) Why has traffic congestion become such an issue in Coronado?
need to sustain consistent and trouble-free traffic flows is essential
to everyone, especially daily travelers. The growth of Coronado's daily
population and the Navy's military operations, as well as SANDAG's
removal of the bridge toll, has significantly contributed to increased
8) How does traffic in Coronado impact the County of San Diego and other parts of the region?
San Diego-Coronado Bridge is a regional asset that serves the greater
San Diego community. Statistics show that people from all over the
greater San Diego metropolitan area travel over the bridge to get to
work and engage in recreational and tourism activities. Military
installations on Coronado play an important role in our local economy
throughout the communities of San Diego and Riverside counties.
9) Why does anything have to be done now that the bridge toll was removed?
corridor from the San Diego-Coronado Bridge is one of the busiest
arterials in the greater San Diego region and supports commuter traffic
to the naval air station, and residential and business access to
Coronado. Since the toll removal, trends show increasing daily trips in
this corridor. Long-term permanent solutions to meet commuter and
resident needs are necessary to accommodate this change.
10) How can I get involved or find more information about traffic solutions in Coronado?
more information about the City's efforts to reduce traffic congestion,
contact Jim Benson at 619.522.7383, email the City at SR75MIS@coronado.ca.us or visit the City's website at www.coronado.ca.us. Your comments and feedback are welcomed.