The Georgia Street Bridge project is a significant infrastructure investment that addressed safety and seismic concerns while restoring the historical integrity of a century-old landmark. Councilmember Ward is pleased that the project was completed and the Bridge reopened in May 2019. The improvements include new seismic retrofit, reinforced walls, archway and columns, enhanced lighting and an anti-graffiti coating.
Normal Street Promenade
Since the 1988 Community Plan, Hillcrest has called for public space on Normal Street. In 2018, working with SANDAG and Uptown Community Parking District, Councilmember Ward successfully led efforts to secure the Normal Street Promenade CIP and funding allocation of $2.2m to start the outreach and design of the Promenade. The Normal Street Promenade will feature a two-way cycle track that connects to SANDAG bike lanes on University, include public gathering space for the farmer’s market, street fairs, movies in the promenade, and other uses, and will increase parking on Normal by more than 40 spaces. After extensive community outreach, community requested features have been added to the project, including: storm drains, enhanced landscaping, extra conduits and receptacles, replacing the existing sidewalk and additional furniture.
Richmond Street Sidewalks
The City will be installing a new sidewalk, curb and gutter, curb ramps, driveways, street resurfacing, traffic striping on the west side of Richmond Street between Myrtle Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue with additional storm drain improvements.
163 North Exit 2A – Robinson Ave
Councilmember Ward requested Caltrans service the area around the exit 2A off the 163 to Robinson Avenue. Overgrown vegetation was obstructing the view of the stop sign coming off the exit and impeding traffic. Caltrans recently did a brush abatement.
Cleanup of SR 163 On/Off Ramps
Neighbors in Hillcrest have experienced increased homeless encampments and litter along the SR 163 corridors at through Hillcrest. In 2018, Councilmember Ward worked with Caltrans and our State representatives to perform regular cleanups and abatements of trash and encampments in the area.
Normal Street Promenade
Since the 1988 Community Plan, Hillcrest has called for public space on Normal Street. In 2018, working with SANDAG and Uptown Community Parking District, Councilmember Ward successfully led efforts to secure the Normal Street Promenade CIP and funding allocation of $2.2m to start the outreach and design of the Promenade. The Normal Street Promenade will feature a two-way cycle track that connects to SANDAG bike lanes on University, include public gathering space for the farmer’s market, street fairs, movies in the promenade, and other uses, and will increase parking on Normal by more than 40 spaces. The promenade will be the first public right-of-way conversion in the City of San Diego and will provide a model for future reclamation of public space. Outreach meetings are planned for early 2019 with construction slated for 2020.
Mission Hills-Hillcrest Library
After years of community support and input, the new Mission Hills-Hillcrest / Knox Library opens earlier than planned, in January 2019. With the help of the Library Foundation, Friends of the Library, donors and community organizers this long-awaited project is finally complete. This new 15,000-square-foot facility will replace the current structure originally built over 50 years ago and will be adjacent to Florence Elementary School.
Fire Station #5
In 2018, San Diego officially opened the new Fire Station 5, a state-of-the-art public safety facility: Fire Station 5. This facility will provide Hillcrest and the greater Uptown community with much needed and deserved public safety resources and personnel.
University Ave Pipeline Project
Replaced over 4 miles of critical water infrastructure on University, Robinson, and Washington in Uptown and North Park.
University Ave Re-Pave and Bike Lanes
District 3 is home to many of San Diego’s most walkable, transit-oriented communities. The repaving of University Avenue and the recently installed bike lanes will ensure the safety of cyclist and scooters in our communities.
Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) at Centre and University
RRFB’s enhance safety by reducing crashes between vehicles and pedestrians at unsignalized intersections and mid-block pedestrian crossings, increasing driver awareness of potential pedestrian conflicts. This crossing has long been identified as a priority by the Uptown Community Plan and the RRFB has now been installed.
2 Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFBs) at Florence Elementary
After discussions with students, faculty, and the parents of Florence Elementary in Hillcrest it was clear they all have concerns with unsafe traffic conditions around the school. Councilmember Ward was able to have two Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons (RRFB) installed with additional traffic improvements to ensure the safety of these students.
New roof for the Marston House
The classic 1905 Marston House was built for noted civic leader and merchant, George W. Marston, known as the “Father of Balboa Park,” and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Working with the Save Our Heritage Organization, Councilmember Ward was able to secure funding to replace the roof of the building.
Upas Pipeline Project (ongoing)
The Upas Street Pipeline Project replaces 5.4 miles of 70 years-old, deteriorated cast iron transmission mains with 4 miles of new pipelines from 30th Street in North Park to Pacific Hwy. The project will improve water delivery system reliability, increase operational flexibility, reduce overall maintenance needs and costs, and substantially reduce the potential for failure, major pipeline repairs, and service shut-downs, with construction concluding in 2019.