The annual update of the County of San Diego’s TransNet Local Street Improvement Program revised the funding schedule for the improvements at the intersections of Stage Coach Lane and Reche Road and of Gopher Canyon Road and East Vista Way and the drainage improvements to Camino Del Rey.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 March 2 to approve the updated list of projects which will be funded by TransNet local streets and roads revenue over the next five years.
“This item approves an amendment to the spending plan for the county’s 2016 TransNet Local Street Improvement Program,” said Supervisor Bill Horn. “The last amendment was made in 2014, and significant cost savings have accrued from projects completed or currently under construction. The leftover funds are being programmed for several major improvements in the unincorporated area, including improvements to the intersections of Stage Coach Lane and Reche Road and East Vista Way and Gopher Canyon.”
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 of San Diego receives approximately $15 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 RTIP is updated every other year – the most recent SANDAG update was approved in September 2014 – but amended on a quarterly basis. The county updates its Local Street Improvement Program annually, and the 2016 update will be incorporated into SANDAG’s new RTIP which will cover fiscal years 2016-17 through 2020-21. The 2014 RTIP covers 2014-15 through 2018-19.
The improvements to the intersection of Stage Coach Lane and Reche Road will widen the approaches to the intersection, which will allow for additional turn lanes and also accommodate bicycle and pedestrian improvements.
The intersection improvement project anticipated $1,123,000 of future dollars when it was added to the Local Street Improvement Program list in 2014. The January 2015 amendment increased the total programmed funding amount to $1,545,000 while calling for spending of $250,000 in 2014-15, $255,000 during 2015-16, and $1,040,000 in 2016-17.
The actual spending during fiscal year 2014-15 was $91,000 which led to revised estimates of $407,000 for 2015-16 and $1,047,000 during 2016-17. The 2016 update programs an additional $546,000 for the intersection due to new stormwater regulations and thus increases the 2016-21 amount to $1,600,000 with the entirety earmarked for spending during 2016-17.
The intersection improvements at East Vista Way and Gopher Canyon Road will add turn lanes. The project was added to the Local Street Improvement Program in 2015 with $1,134,000 of funding for design and construction including planned expenditures of $100,000 for 2014-15, $306,000 in 2015-16, and $728,000 during 2016-17.
The adjustment for the actual $85,500 of 2014-15 spending modified the pre-update amounts to $327,000 for 2015-16 and $722,000 in 2016-17. The new stormwater regulations caused an additional $322,000 to be designated for the East Vista Way and Gopher Canyon Road intersection which now has a 2016-21 programmed amount of $1,050,000 with that money expected to be spent during 2016-17.
The projects added in 2015 also included the Camino Del Rey drainage improvements which will upgrade the existing drainage system to accommodate a 100-year flood.
The initial $3,622,000 of programmed TransNet funding covered $624,000 during 2016-17, $1,378,000 in 2017-18, and $1,620,000 for 2018-19. An additional $5,177,000 to cover two additional fiscal years creates a total amount of $8,799,000. The timeline was amended to give the project expected expenditures of $970,000 in 2016-17, $949,000 during 2017-18, $1,560,000 in 2018-19, $4,240,000 for 2019-20, and $1,080,000 during 2020-21.
The county’s additions for 2014 also included $7 million of TransNet funding 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.
The additional $11,213,000 provided in the update along with the removal of 2015-16 data from the new plan changes the five-year amount to $17,171,000 including $6,406,000 for the Fifth District. The annual amounts for the Fifth District maintenance and overlays are $571,000 for 2016-17, $684,000 during 2017-18, $838,000 in 2018-19, $2,119,000 for 2019-20, and $2,194,000 during 2020-21.
The county’s annual cost share of $13,000 for the regional traffic signal management program is also included in the RTIP and was not changed during the annual update other than adding that expense for 2019-20 and 2020-21.