The city is moving forward with the $325,000 Transit Center Ped Bridge and Spruce Street Channel Improvement Project, whose design is complete, and which is obtaining the final permits from the agencies that regulate impacts on creeks and waterways.
Resource agency permits from the Regional Water Board and Fish & Wildlife have been obtained and the City is now pursuing the final permit from Army Corps of Engineers. Negotiations of drainage/wall easements and TCEs (temporary construction easements) with property owners are underway.
City Engineer Julie Procopio told The Times-Advocate, “We are expecting to go out to bid later this summer and go to construction in the fall. The project would probably be completed by the middle of next year, she said.
The bridge will span the Spruce Street Creek that is adjacent to the Sprinter platform. “The bridge is intended to parallel the roadway and span the creek. You’ll note that there’s a makeshift pedestrian pathway within the roadway surface. The construction will pull the pedestrians out of the roadway and put them on a separate bridge that will be out over the creek.”
The bridge will be about 62 feet long and 9 feet wide. “Right now, the creek has vegetation growing in it and so it will be a nice aesthetically appealing entrance into the transit station from the west,” said Procopio. “It opens the door to the transit station. Now pedestrians have to jut out onto the roadway. Vegetation blocks the creek.” She pointed out that the project includes work to replant the Spruce Street Channel all the way from Valley Parkway to the Escondido Creek.
The bridge project is being combined with revegetation and work upstream of the creek to clean out the entire channel and replant with natural vegetation, with the goal of clearing out standing water which attracts mosquitos.
“We are excited about making the area nicer and getting rid of the mosquitos and making it a really nice asset for the city,” said Procopio.
This project is part of a much larger $1.2-Million Smart Growth Incentive Program grant (a TransNet-funded program administered by SANDAG) that also includes bike lanes on Quince and Valley Parkway as well as other roadway/drainage improvements for a total construction cost of $1,020,000.