- $150 million for project included in president’s recommended FY2016 budget
- Project accepted into Engineering by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) in spring 2015
- 65 percent design completed in April 2015
- Pre-construction activities underway (utility relocations, appraisals for right-of-way acquisitions)
- Cost estimate and schedule updated based on 65 percent design
Late this year, SANDAG will submit an application seeking a Full Funding Grant Agreement from the FTA New Starts program. Approval from the FTA, which would secure a 50 percent funding match for the project, is expected in late spring 2016, with construction starting in summer 2016.
Preparation for construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley project continues to move forward. Included in this effort will be the relocation of sewer and water pipelines to make way for the project. In mid-October, exploratory work along Morena Boulevard, Balboa Avenue, and Santa Fe Street began to identify the precise locations of these utilities. Relocations will begin in November 2015.
Construction activities include:
- Street excavations, potholing, and trenching
- Water and sewer pipeline installation along the entire length of Santa Fe Street, starting at Balboa Avenue
- Water pipeline installation on Balboa Avenue from I-5 ramp to Morena Boulevard
- Temporary traffic controls will be in place along Morena Boulevard, Balboa Avenue, and Santa Fe Street, and access to nearby businesses will be maintained at all times.
- In addition, temporary water service interruptions will be necessary to complete this work. Residents and businesses will be provided with notice at least 5 days before any service interruption occurs.
The entire Mid-Coast Trolley project-related water and sewer utilities relocation work is anticipated to be complete in October 2016.