The Bayshore Bikeway Barrio Logan Phase 2 project (Project) is part of the larger planned Bayshore Bikeway, a 24-mile multi-use path extending around the San Diego Bay. The Project is located in the City of San Diego, County of San Diego, California. The work to be performed is along 28th Street between Harbor Drive and Main Street, and at the intersections of BNSF and MTS rail lines and Sampson Street, Cesar Chavez Parkway, and Schley Street. All work will be done in City of San Diego, Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), and Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) right-of-way, and the Project will be approved by all three entities and the appropriate license agreements and temporary construction easements obtained prior to construction.
The Project will improve the signaling systems for the MTS trolley line at three cross streets, Sampson Street, Schley Street, and 28th Street and for the BNSF rail line at 28th Street. The improvements include installing advanced railroad preemption devices, modifying approaches on the MTS system, and modifications to existing MTS Siemens S7 software. Improvements at the Schley Street location is limited to signal improvements only. Improvements at Sampson Street include signal improvements, signage, and pavement marking, including the placement of new railroad warning signage and new railroad pavement markings to comply with current standards. At Cesar Chavez Parkway, new roadway signage will be installed to make compliant with current standards. The Project will replace and install new railroad active warning systems and traffic pre-signals on 28th Street. The existing overhead railroad cantilever structure on southbound 28th Street near the MTS tracks will be removed.
Additional improvements include ADA compliant sidewalks and track crossings, wider medians, improved pavement markings, a chain-link fence to direct pedestrians and cyclists, signage, relocation of existing utilities, repaving, street lighting, modifications to an existing storm drain system on the west side of 28th Street and north of the BNSF track, and other similar improvements. Signage will be installed at the intersection of Harbor Drive and Cesar Chavez Parkway.
The lane configuration for northbound 28th Street at Main Street will be revised to enhance safety. The existing lane configuration includes a left turn lane, exclusive through lane, and shared through and “de facto” right turn. The proposed project would restripe the lanes to provide an exclusive right turn lane. The re-striping of the 28th Street northbound lane configuration will improve safety and circulation by reducing the occurrences of vehicles stopped on the BNSF and MTS tracks while approaching Main Street. The new exclusive right turn lane would be created by re-striping pavement delineation, adding/modifying signs, and removing approximately eight on-street parking spaces. Additionally, re-painting of existing striping is proposed for maintenance purposes and to make compliant with current standards.
A primary purpose of the Project is to improve the existing preemption system to provide sufficient time for pedestrians and cyclists to complete their movement across the intersection before vehicles are given the priority to clear the intersection ahead of an approaching trolley or train. It is anticipated that the construction of the Bayshore Bikeway will increase pedestrian and cyclist traffic through the Project intersections. The advanced preemption system will provide increased safety to all intersection users.