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By Joe Naiman
Village News Correspondent 

Camino Del Rey drainage improvements move up funding list


Last updated 6/17/2019 at 10:23am

The annual update of San Diego County’s TransNet Local Street Improvement Program modified the TransNet funding for the Camino Del Rey drainage project.

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote May 22 approved the updated list of projects which will be funded by TransNet local streets and road revenue over the next five years. The plan also includes fiscal year 2018-2019 closeout funding for intersection improvements at Stage Coach Lane and Reche Road and at East Vista Way and Gopher Canyon Road.

In 2004, the county’s voters passed an extension of the half-cent TransNet sales tax which is divided between highways, transit and local streets and roads. The county expects to receive $98.7 million of TransNet revenues during the five-year period from fiscal year 2018-2019 to fiscal year 2022-2023.

The Regional Transportation Improvement Plan is coordinated by the San Diego Association of Governments, which administers the TransNet funding, and the RTIP includes the Local Street Improvement Program. The RTIP is updated every other year – the most recent SANDAG update was approved in September 2018 – but amended on a quarterly basis. The county updates its Local Street Improvement Program annually.

In 2015, the county amended its Local Street Improvement Program to add the Camino Del Rey drainage improvements which will upgrade the existing drainage system to accommodate a 100-year flood.

In the county’s 2018 update, the planned TransNet money was $1,000,000 during 2018-2019, $504,000 in 2019-2020, $10,000 during 2020-2021, $10,000 for 2021-2022, and $1,000,000 in 2022-2023. The amounts for those five fiscal years didn't include funding for future years, and the project was scheduled for completion during fiscal year 2024-2025.

Due to schedule and revenue changes within the TransNet program, the county’s Department of Public Works now believes that the construction can be completed earlier and that the project could be complete by the end of the current five-year cycle.

The updated plan retains the $1,000,000 for 2018-2019 and the $504,000 during 2019-2020 but increases the TransNet funding to $1,000,000 in 2020-2021, $3,000,000 for 2021-2022 and $1,356,000 during 2022-2023. The changes increase the total funding amount during the five-year period from $2,524,000 to $6,860,000.

The improvements to the intersection of Stage Coach Lane and Reche Road widened the approach to the intersection to allow for additional turn lanes and also accommodated bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The plan utilized $200,000 of TransNet revenue during fiscal year 2018-2019 for project closeout tasks. The 2018-2019 expenditures of TransNet revenue also included $160,000 for the intersection improvements at East Vista Way and Gopher Canyon Road which added turn lanes.

The county is now including road maintenance in its Local Street Improvement Program appropriations, and a five-year total of $25 million for roadway maintenance and overlay will fund road sealing, asphalt concrete overlays, sidewalk repairs and other pavement resurfacing or rehabilitation.

The total amount includes $9,172,920 for roads in the Fifth Supervisorial District which will cover $876,000 during 2018-2019 and $2,074,230 each year from 2019-2020 to 2022-2023.

The county’s annual cost share of $12,500 for the regional traffic signal management program is also included in the Local Street Improvement Program.


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