|The two ends of Heritage Road got a little bit closer this week with the extension of Heritage Road at Olympic Parkway in Chula Vista. This new segment, which opened to traffic on January 30, will provide access to more than 800 homes and thousands of residents currently residing in Village 2 of Otay Ranch. Ultimately, Heritage Road will connect to Main Street in Chula Vista.
Chula Vista is seeing a resurgence in homebuilding and road construction; plans that were dormant are now ramping up. This extension is being completed as part of the Montecito Village development under construction by Baldwin & Sons, one of the founding developers of Otay Ranch. This community is planned with a diverse mix of over 4,000 homes, neighborhood retail uses, new parks, and two elementary schools to be constructed over the next 10 years.
This new stretch of road will relieve traffic congestion on Olympic Parkway and provide quicker access to major roads and highways for thousands of residents.
“The construction in Chula Vista is a sign the economy is improving,” said City Manager Jim Sandoval. “This new section of Heritage Road is important infrastructure to support the new homes and condos in eastern Chula Vista.”
Another important transportation project currently underway in Chula Vista includes the South Bay Bus Rapid Transit (South Bay BRT). The South Bay BRT will provide a rapid and reliable transportation alternative from the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to downtown San Diego via eastern Chula Vista. The South Bay BRT project includes 11 stations along the 21-mile BRT route; four of the stations are in Chula Vista.
The South Bay BRT will serve offices, shopping centers, recreational facilities, transit-oriented residential communities, schools, and Park & Ride lots, as well as the U.S.-Mexico port of entry at Otay Mesa.
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are under construction on Interstate 805 to support the South Bay BRT and carpools. Eight miles of HOV lanes from the City of San Diego through National City and Chula Vista are planned to open later this spring. The Direct Access Ramp – or DAR – on East Palomar Street in Chula Vista is scheduled to open early next year.
For more information on Chula Vista, visit www.chulavistaca.gov. For more information on regional highway and transit projects, like the South Bay BRT, visit www.keepsandiegomoving.com.
Posted: February 4, 2013