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Capital Improvements Program (CIP)

University Avenue Complete Street Phase 1

Project Background

The City of San Diego is modifying the roadway segment of University Avenue between Fairmount Avenue and Euclid Avenue to improve safety and mobility along the University Avenue corridor for pedestrians, transit, and automobile traffic.

Project Overview

The University Avenue Complete Street Phase 1 project will construct safety improvements along University Avenue, between Fairmount Avenue and Euclid Avenue, featuring:

  • Roadway improvements, including three roundabouts, raised center medians, asphalt overlay, and re-striping.
  • Pedestrian improvements, including rectangular rapid flashing beacons at pedestrian crosswalks, High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk (HAWK) which is a traffic control device used to stop road traffic and allow pedestrians to cross safely, widened sidewalks, curb extensions to shorten crossing distances, and curb ramps.
  • Transit improvements, including new transit stops and extended existing transit stops.
  • Drainage improvements, including a new storm drain system.

    The overall project is within one of the most densely populated areas in San Diego. The area includes residential neighborhoods, business districts, major arterial corridors that connect neighborhoods, local streets, and pedestrian corridors.

Construction Schedule

Construction mobilized in January 2023 and is anticipated to be substantially complete by the winter of 2024.

Anticipated work for June and July 2024:

  • Widening sidewalks and installing curb extensions on the south side of University Avenue between Highland Avenue and Chamoune Avene. Sidewalk replacement will be performed in two stages to maintain pedestrian access to the businesses.
  • Installing a storm drain system on the southwest side of the intersection of University Avenue and Chamoune Avenue.

Drivers in the area should continue to expect traffic delays as construction crews work on and around University Avenue. Detours may also be in place for pedestrians accessing businesses, but businesses remain open and accessible during construction. Crews will continue to minimize impacts on the community as much as possible.

Additional information on the project’s schedule and budget is available here.

Traffic Impacts

Temporary road closures, traffic rerouting, parking and access restrictions will be in effect during construction. All businesses remain open during construction and pedestrian access is provided.

Email Updates and Contact Information

All efforts will be taken to minimize impacts on the residents and businesses in the community. The impacts may change as construction progresses. To help keep the community informed about the anticipated construction activities and impacts, updates will be posted on this page and emailed to subscribers as significant events occur.

To receive the email updates, submit your email address in the "Join Our Email List" box on the right side of this page and select the "Project Updates: University Avenue Complete Street Phase 1" email list.