|The H Street Extension Project, approved in September by the Board of Port Commissioners, will connect the Chula Vista Bayfront to the main streets in western Chula Vista, serving as a central access and focal point for the waterfront redevelopment areas. The project will enhance and encourage public access to the waterfront not only for vehicles, but also for cyclists and pedestrians, benefiting existing businesses and attracting future investment.
"The Chula Vista Bayfront has vast potential that can only be realized by improving access to this valuable waterfront land," said Chair Ann Moore, who represents Chula Vista on the seven-member Board of Port Commissioners. "By creating this signature gateway to the bayfront, we offer residents, visitors, businesses and potential investors and developers a direct path to the future of San Diego Bay."
"The opening of H Street is yet another example of progress and improvement occurring on Chula Vista's bayfront," said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. "In the long term, this road will one day be the main entrance to our revitalized waterfront. For now, this new access point off of Interstate 5 will create more direct access to the restaurants, businesses and marinas on our portion of San Diego Bay."
The Board adopted plans for the project and approved a $7.2 million contract with LB Civil Construction Inc., selected through a competitive bidding process.
The Chula Vista plan is fully entitled, having been approved by the California Coastal Commission in August 2012. Developed through a decade-long community process, it envisions a master-planned destination on 500-plus acres of prime waterfront property: hotels and convention facilities, homes, shops, restaurants and more than 240 acres of parks and nature preserve. The project is projected to create thousands of jobs (7,000 construction; 2,200 permanent), transform the bayfront, and generate revenue for public services such as police, fire protection and parks.
The project will extend H Street westerly from Bay Boulevard, where the public roadway currently ends, to Marina Parkway. Additionally, Marina Parkway will be extended southerly from H Street to Sandpiper Way. The four-lane roadway will include a 12-foot-wide Class 1 bikeway adjacent to the sidewalk. Other improvements include landscaping, a drainage system, water transmission lines, landscaping and street lights. The roadway extension totals 1,800 feet in length.
A groundbreaking ceremony on the H Street project will be scheduled in late 2013.
Posted: October 22, 2013