The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved its annual update of the county’s TransNet Local Street Improvement Program during the supervisors’ Feb. 26 meeting, and the 5-0 vote added the intersection of Stage Coach Lane and Reche Road to the list of projects to be funded over the next five years.
“At the community’s request, the intersection of Reche Road and Stage Coach Lane will be improved by adding new turn lanes,” said Supervisor Bill Horn. “Originally the $1.12 million in TransNet funding now slated for the intersection had been set aside to improve Fallbrook Street, but with the community’s help we decided that improving the intersection would be the best way to reduce congestion.”
In November 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 of San Diego receives approximately $12 million of TransNet revenue each year for local streets and roads.
The Regional Transportation Improvement Program (RTIP) is coordinated by the San Diego Association of Governments, which administers the TransNet funding, and the RTIP includes the TransNet Local Street Improvement Program. The county updates its Local Street Improvement Program annually. The RTIP is updated every other year but amended on a quarterly basis. SANDAG is expected to amend the RTIP in April and to adopt its next update in September.
The five-year program plan allocates $1,123,000 in future dollars to the Stage Coach Lane and Reche Road intersection. The county plans to spend $260,000 during 2015-16, $53,000 in 2016-17, and $810,000 in 2017-18.
The county had not previously included road maintenance in its RTIP expenditures, but the 2014 Local Street Improvement Program allocates $7 million for asphalt concrete overlays between fiscal year 2015-16 and fiscal year 2018-19, including $2,612,000 for roadway maintenance and overlays in the Fifth Supervisorial District.