Howard Bikeway - Notices

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Caltrans Notice (2023)

"SANDAG is proposing to construct the Howard Avenue Bikeway (Project) between Park Boulevard to 32nd Street using Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funds administered by Caltrans. Howard Bikeway is located adjacent to North Park Community Park, which is a public park that is considered a protected resource under Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act. At the northwest and northeast corners of the park, the Project proposes to reconstruct portions of the existing sidewalk and curb ramps to provide accessible sidewalk and curb ramps for the proposed neighborhood traffic circles. In order to construct the Project, the Project will use parkland for sidewalk and curb ramp improvements. The park is approximately 9.2 acres (400,000 square feet) in size, and the proposed Project improvements would use a total of approximately 0.015 acre (670 square feet), which includes approximately 0.005 acre (225 square feet) of new sidewalk within the park. This use would not impair the park from continuing to function in its present capacity. Therefore, Caltrans, as the lead federal agency, has determined this use to be de minimis and the City’s Parks and Recreation Director, as the agency official with jurisdiction over the resource, concurred with this determination on October 26, 2023."

Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment

SANDAG published a Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment for the project on July 12, 2017. Preparation of this assessment is required before the SANDAG Board of Directors can make a determination that the proposed project is exempt from CEQA under Public Resources Code Section 21080.20.5. 

Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment

Appendices – Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment

SANDAG hosted an open house and public hearing for the Howard – Orange Bikeway on July 27, 2017, where attendees were invited to learn more about the project and provide written and verbal comments. 

Door hangers including the fact sheet and meeting invitation flier in English and en Español were distributed to more than 6,000 homes and businesses along the project corridor providing notice for the Open House and Public Hearing during the week of July 10, 2017.

In order to keep the project moving forward, SANDAG advanced the Howard Avenue portion of the project in early 2018. As part of the project’s environmental review process, written responses to the written and verbal comments received at the July 27, 2017 open house and public hearing were provided to the SANDAG Transportation Committee, which approved the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemption for the Howard Avenue portion of the project at its February 16, 2018 meeting. 

At this time, SANDAG is conducting further study of the Orange Avenue portion of the project to determine the feasibility of additional traffic calming measures, including median islands at select intersections. Median islands would calm traffic along Orange Avenue by reducing cut-through traffic while maintaining local access. The potential use of these traffic calming measures will ultimately be subject to review and approval by the City of San Diego. 

Environmental review of the Orange Avenue portion of the project is currently on hold, pending the results of further study. If the additional traffic calming measures are added to the project design, then a revised Traffic and Safety Impact Assessment may be required for the Orange Avenue portion of the project. If so, it will be made available for public comment at an additional open house and public hearing.

Prior Community Workshops and Events

You can learn more about the Howard-Orange Bikeway by viewing the presentation materials shared at past community meetings and events.


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