Lemon Grove Realignment Project

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Project Updates

 

NORTH AVENUE CLOSED AT LEMON GROVE AVENUE UNTIL SUMMER 2018. EXPECT DELAYS.

OVERSIZE VEHICLES ACCESSING 94 EASTBOUND PLEASE USE MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE.

 ALTERNATE ROUTES:

  • HEADING EAST: exit College Avenue or Massachusetts Avenue
  • HEADING WEST: exit Spring Street or Massachusetts Avenue

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UPDATES: 

Month of July:

WORK PERFORMED WEEK OF JULY 9-13:

  • HMS continues to install rail signal components.   This week they began installing the new railroad control “house” which houses all signaling and switching components.
  • West Coast General finished paving the north side of the eastbound ramp in Caltrans right of way and switched traffic flow on that ramp Thursday night to begin work on the south side of the ramp..
  • West Coast General also worked on establishing pavement subgrade on North Avenue between Citronica driveway and west side of the railroad tracks.

 WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • HMS to continue installing rail signal and warning equipment.
  • Coast Landscaping working on final irrigation installation.
  • In-Line will install the guardrail.
  • West Coast will fine grade North Avenue east of the Citronica Driveway.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work.   Final cut-over plan needs to be approved before scheduling actual cut-over date.
  • Construction of revised plan for intersection at Lemon Grove Way and North Ave.   Work pending on final design from engineer.

 Paving Caltrans Right-of-Way near the 94 eastbound on-ramp at Lemon Grove Avenue 

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HMS Installing Rail Signal Equipment

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WORK PERFORMED WEEK OF JULY 2-6:

  • HMS installed traffic signal equipment and signal house connections on North and Olive.
  • West Coast General graded subgrade for Lemon Grove Avenue in the Caltrans Right of Way.
  • H&D pouring sidewalk in the Caltrans Right of Way.

 WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • HMS to install gate mechanisms and conduit. They will also be testing the signal equipment.
  • Coast Landscaping to plant trees and shrubs.
  • In-Line will install the guardrail.
  • West Coast will fine grade North Avenue east of the Citronica Driveway.

PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work.
  • Possible relocation or adjustment of an additional OCS pole due to adjusted sidewalk grade.  Plan of action currently identified.  Engineering working on developing specific plans for MTS approval.

 

June 2 - West Coast compacting subgrade and installing base material for Lemon Grove Avenue:

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HMS installing traffic signals at Lemon Grove Avenue and North Avenue

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Month Of June:

WORK PERFORMED WEEK OF JUNE 25-29:

  • HMS installed traffic signal equipment on North and Olive as well as in the Caltrans right of way. HMS also installed rail equipment including the rail signal house on the east side of the MTS rail.
  • West Coast General grading subgrade for sidewalk along North Avenue.
  • West Coast exporting rock stockpile from the site.
  • Coast Landscaping planting trees along North Avenue

 WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • HMS to install gate mechanisms and conduit. HMS will also be testing the signal equipment already installed.
  • Coast Landscaping will continue to plant trees and shrubs.
  • In-Line will install the guardrail.
  • West Coast will fine grade North Avenue east of the Citronia Driveway.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work.
  • Possible relocation or adjustment of an additional OCS pole due to adjusted sidewalk grade.  Plan of action currently identified.  Engineering working on developing specific plans for MTS approval.

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WORK PERFORMED WEEK OF JUNE 18-22:

  • HMS continuing to install electrical connections in North Avenue for the traffic signals on Lemon Grove Avenue and Lemon Grove Way. HMS also installing crossing gate & OCS foundations.
  • West Coast General grading subgrade for sidewalk and medians along the continuation of North Avenue east of the Citronica apartments driveway.
  • Forms built and concrete poured for curb and gutter on the east side of the MTS tracks. Sidewalk concrete also poured.
  • Geo-Crete installing brow-ditch in the CalTrans right of way.

 WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • HMS to begin standing signal poles at the intersections of North and LGA and Olive and North.  They will also begin installing signal lights and equipment.
  • HMS to install Overhead Catenary System.   
  • Landscape contractor continuing installation of bio-swales, slopes, and irrigation.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work.
  • Possible relocation or adjustment of an additional OCS pole due to adjusted sidewalk grade.  Plan of action currently identified.  Engineering working on developing specific plans for MTS approval.

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 WORK PERFORMED WEEK OF JUNE 11-15:

  • HMS continuing to install electrical connections in North Avenue for the traffic signals on Lemon Grove Avenue and Lemon Grove Way. HMS also installing crossing gate & OCS foundations.
  • West Coast General grading subgrade for sidewalk and medians along the continuation of North Avenue east of the Citronica apartments driveway.
  • Conduit installed under the MTS tracks at night.

 WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • HMS to begin standing signal poles at the intersections of North and LGA and Olive and North.  They will also begin installing signal lights and equipment.
  • HMS to install Overhead Catenary System.   
  • Landscape contractor continuing installation of bio-swales, slopes, and irrigation.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work.
  • Possible relocation or adjustment of an additional OCS pole due to adjusted sidewalk grade.  Plan of action currently identified.  Engineering working on developing specific plans for MTS approval.

 WORK PERFORMED WEEK OF JUNE 7-8:

  • HMS continuing to install electrical connections in North Avenue for the traffic signals on Lemon Grove Avenue and Lemon Grove Way. HMS also installing conduit in the Caltrans right of way.
  • West Coast General grading subgrade for sidewalk and medians along the continuation of North Avenue east of the Citronica apartments driveway. 

WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • HMS to begin standing signal poles at the intersections of North and LGA and Olive and North.  They will also begin installing signal lights and equipment.
  • WCG will also install be working Tuesday through Thursday night to install rail signal conduits under the MTS right of way for rail road utilities.
  • HMS to install Overhead Catenary System.  Pole foundations to be poured on Tuesday. 
  • Landscape contractor continuing installation of bio-swales, slopes, and irrigation.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work.
  • Possible relocation or adjustment of an additional OCS pole due to adjusted sidewalk grade.  Plan of action currently identified.  Engineering working on developing specific plans for MTS approval.

Month of May:

 WORK PERFORMED WEEK OF MAY 28 - JUNE 1:

  • Contractor continuing to install electrical connections in North Avenue for the traffic signals.
  • Concrete Contractor to begin installation of Curb & Gutter and Flatwork in MTS right of way.
  • Underground contractor will finish pouring storm drain inlet in Caltrans right of way.

 WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • Contractor to continue installing signal poles on North Ave.
  • Underground contractor to continue with storm drain in Caltrans right of way.
  • Electrical contractor will install conduit and street light foundation near the Caltrans bridge on Lemon Grove Avenue. They will also install conduits under the MTS right of way for rail road utilities.
  • Landscape contractor continuing installation of bio-swales, slopes, and irrigation.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work.
  • Possible relocation or adjustment of an additional OCS pole due to adjusted sidewalk grade. MTS to review and comment

 

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WORK PERFORMED WEEK OF MAY 21-25:

  • Contractor continuing to install electrical connections in North Avenue for the traffic signals.
  • Landscape contractor working on bio-swales along each side of the new Lemon Grove Avenue alignment.

 WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • Contractor to begin installation of Curb&Gutter and Flatwork in MTS right of way.
  • Underground contractor will finish pouring stormdrain inlet in Caltrans right of way.
  • Contractor to continue installing signal poles on North Ave.
  • Landscape contractor continuing installation of bioswales and slopes.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work - Conference call schedule for Tuesday the 29th to discuss issues.

WORK PERFORMED WEEK OF MAY 14-18:

  • Contractor installing electrical connections in North Avenue for the traffic signals.
  • Landscape contractor working on bio-swales along each side of the new Lemon Grove Avenue alignment.
  • Contractor installed foundation of the train safety gate.

WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • Contractor to continue with landscaping work.
  • Contractor to install brow ditch.
  • Contractor to install signal poles on North Ave.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work. 

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WORK PERFORMED WEEK OF MAY 7-11:

  • Contractor installing electrical connections in North Avenue for the traffic signals.
  • Landscape contractor working on bio-swales along each side of the new Lemon Grove Avenue alignment.
  • Contractor installing storm drain box in the Caltrans Right of Way.

 WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • Contractor to continue with landscaping work.
  • Contractor to install signal service for Lemon Grove and North Avenue.
  • Contractor to install storm drain in Cal Trans Right of Way.
  • Contractor to install brow ditch
  • Contractor to install signal poles on North Ave.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work. 

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WORK PERFORMED WEEK OF APRIL 30- MAY 4:

  • Contractor installing electrical connections and meter pedestal in North Avenue.
  • Landscape contractor planting  trees and shrubs along the east and west sides of new Lemon Grove Avenue.
  • Contractor installing storm drain box in the Caltrans Right of Way.
  • Contractor demolishing part of old Lemon Grove Avenue.

 WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • Contractor to continue with landscaping work.
  • Contractor to install signal service for Lemon Grove and North Avenue.
  • Contractor to continue grading soil for the curb, gutter, medians and roadway.
  • Contractor to install signal poles on North Ave.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work. 

Month of April:

WORK PERFORMED THE WEEK OF APRIL 23-26:

  • Contractor installing electrical connections for traffic signals in North Avenue.
  • Landscape contractor spraying weeds & planting.
  • Contractor installed upper portion of storm drain box.
  • Contractor grading area west of trolley tracks on North Avenue.

 WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • Contractor to continue with landscaping work.
  • Contractor to install signal service for Lemon Grove and North Avenue.
  • Contractor to continue grading soil for the curb, gutter, medians and roadway of area west of trolled tracks on North Avenue.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work. 

WORK PERFORMED THE WEEK OF APRIL 16-20:

  • Contractor demolishing asphalt near trolley tracks.
  • Contractor installing electrical connections for traffic signals in North Avenue.
  • Landscape contractor spraying weeds and planting.

 WORK ANTICIPATED NEXT WEEK:

  • Contractor to continue with landscaping work.
  • Contractor to install signal service for Lemon Grove and North Avenue.
  • Contractor to complete demolition and grade the area between MTS tracks and North Avenue.
  • Contractor to start grading soil for the curb and gutter.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • MTS reviewing work-plan for rail signal work. 

WORK PERFORMED THE WEEK OF APRIL 9- APRIL 13:

  • Contractor building storm drain boxes near the MTS trolley tracks.
  • Landscape contractor spraying weeds and installing irrigation conduit

WORK ANTICIPATED THE NEXT WEEK:

  • Contractor to continue with landscaping work.
  • Contractor to install signal service for Lemon Grove and North Avenue.
  • Contractor complete demolition and grade the area between MTS tracks and North Avenue. 

 WORK PERFORMED THE WEEK OF APRIL 2 - APRIL 6:

  • SDG&E installed meters for the Broadway and Olive intersection traffic signals. These meters will feed power to the new traffic signals in that intersection.
  • Contractor re-started work on storm drain near MTS tracks on North Ave. Storm drain work was halted due to an unforeseen site condition. This work should be completed by next week.
  • Contractor planted Tipu Trees and New Zealand Flax along the new Lemon Grove Avenue.

 WORK ANTICIPATED THE NEXT WEEK:

  • Contractor to conduct signal work. This work will link up the three new intersection lights and signals.
  • Contractor to continue with landscaping work.
  • Contractor to continue to install storm drain and storm drain box.

 PENDING ISSUES/RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESOLUTION:

  • Waiting for Caltrans approval of inlet design change near Caltrans eastbound 94 onramp. Storm drain in conflict with SDG&E conduit. 

Month of March:  Work continues on North Avenue near the trolley tracks. Once work is complete, traffic will be able to travel east on North Avenue to Lemon Grove Avenue. In addition, a new barricade has been installed on the new southbound portion of the Lemon Grove Avenue off-ramp to North Avenue. The contractor is pot holing on Olive Street in preparation for the installation of the signal interconnect. This will allow the signals in the area to be synchronized.  

Month of February: As the final phase of the Lemon Grove Avenue Realignment project continues, you may notice some changes on Broadway at Olive Street. In addition to the new pedestrian ramps that were installed in January, traffic signals were installed the week of February 5, 2018. Once the lights are energized they will be functional. In addition, work continues on North Avenue near the MTS trolley tracks as the contractor finishes the jack and bore process.

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Traffic Signal

 

Month of January: The final phase of the Lemon Grove Avenue Realignment Project is currently underway. As a part of the project, traffic patterns have now changed for motorists exiting the SR 94 off-ramp onto Lemon Grove Avenue. Please be mindful when traveling through the project area and expect traffic delays. All businesses in this area are currently open and traffic control is in place. In addition, electrical, telecommunication and new sewer lines were installed under the MTS trolley tracks. 

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Month of December: The contractor continues to excavate under the trolley tracks to install a new sewer main. In addition, the northern portion of the new 94 eastbound off-ramp was paved on the evening of December 12, 2017. Traffic signals will soon be installed at the off-ramp and North Avenue as well as Olive Street and North Avenue and Olive Street and Broadway.

 

Month of November: The electrical contractor continues to excavate to install dry utilities.The general contractor is grading the northern portion of the new 94 eastbound off-ramp in preparation for paving.

Mont of October: The electrical contractor installed the conduit for the new signals that will be installed on Broadway and Olive Street.  In addition, the contractor has been excavating a large hole near the trolley tracks in order to place dry utility conduit under the tracks as part of the future undergrounding project.. 

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Month of August: Construction at the intersection of Broadway and Olive Street will commence on Monday, August 14, 2017.  Construction includes the installation of traffic signals, curb ramps, sidewalks and reconstruction of cross gutters.  Access to businesses in the area will not be affected.

Month of June: A new water line was installed under North Avenue and is currently being tested by Helix Water District. The base material and asphalt have been placed in the south half of the Caltrans off-ramp as well the new Lemon Grove Avenue Realignment. 

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Month of April and May: The contractor has installed new curb and gutter along North Avenue and along the new Lemon Grove Avenue realignment. The contractor is also in the process of installing a bioswale around the perimeter of the project which will soon be backfilled with gravel and vegetation. 

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Month of February and March: The contractor continues to work on minor grading as well as building and installing a storm drain box near SR 94. SDG&E was on site to relocate their power poles along North Avenue. 

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Month of January: The site remains too wet and muddy to place material. With another storm approaching, construction will slow until the ground dries up. 

Month of December: Demolition of the northern area of the site took place on December 7 - 9, 2016. Rain delayed work for a good part of the month.

Month of November: A storm drain was installed and import material was placed to raise the elevation of the site in order to construct the roadway to the elevation per the plans. 

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Week of October 24:  The grading operation continues. The contractor has placed all the soil from the existing stockpile and will soon import new soil to continue constructing the embankment. 

Week of September 26: Starting this week and lasting the next two to three weeks, the contractor will be constructing a soil embankment that will pave they way for the realigned Lemon Grove Avenue on and off ramp. 

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Week of September 19: The contractor will start moving the soil stock pile and begin demolishing the concrete pads and remove the vegetation.

Week of September 12: The construction crew will be installing a 10" sewer pipe under North Avenue. In addition, they will be placing a new manhole near the trolley tracks.

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Highlights of the Groundbreaking Ceremony on September 8, 2016

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Project Background


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After thoughtful engineering and planning, the long-awaited Lemon Grove Avenue Realignment project is breaking ground at the end of August.

Designed as a traffic safety and congestion relief project, the Lemon Grove Avenue Realignment project will realign the off ramp from State Route 94 leading directly to North Avenue. Additionally, motorists will see more travel lanes and have the option the avoid crossing the trolley tracks that run parallel to Lemon Grove Avenue.

The project was awarded to West Coast General Corporation on June 21, 2016 with a budget not to exceed $6,310,300 with much of the project funded through grants. Construction is scheduled to last about 12 months. Drivers may experience delays while construction is underway; we ask for your patience as this long-awaited project is under construction. For questions about the project, please contact the Engineering Department at 619-825-3811.

 

Some of the features of the Realignment design:

  • Pedestrian Accessibility: New sidewalks will create a clear, easy path between the Trolley, the Promenade, and North Avenue.
  • Traffic Signal Efficiency: The traffic and trolley signals will “talk” to each other to help keep traffic moving safely with less waiting.
  • Water Efficient Landscape: Drought-tolerant plants will be used to save water and to keep costs low for ongoing maintenance.
  • Improved Stormwater Treatment: Rainwater will be captured to water new trees and reduce irrigation costs. Some runoff will be filtered through a grass-lined ditch to remove street pollutants.
  • Undergrounding of Power Lines: All the overhead power lines will be put underground.