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Pedestrian access improvements ready at Encinitas undercrossings

August 6, 2020
Construction is complete on bicycle and pedestrian paths running under Interstate 5 at Santa Fe Drive and Encinitas Boulevard, Caltrans announced.

Caltrans to raze old Interstate 5 bridge over Encinitas lagoon

The original Interstate 5 bridge across San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas is pictured Oct. 20, 2016, before work began on the freeway’s expansion. (North Coast Current file photo)
Work to make way for new span across San Elijo reserve
February 27, 2020
Demolition is set to begin on the original Interstate 5 bridge over San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas, Caltrans announced.

Encinitas Interstate 5 bridge lanes will shift to new span

An architect’s rendering shows what the completed Interstate 5 bridge should look like, looking northwest toward Manchester Avenue in Encinitas. (SANDAG illustration)
Work on stretch across San Elijo Lagoon at halfway point
January 30, 2020
A major step in the replacement of the Interstate 5 bridge over San Elijo Lagoon in Encinitas will take place the weeks of Feb. 2 and 9, the San Diego Association of Governments announced.

Interstate 5 express lane work gets OK for Carlsbad, Oceanside

This Caltrans rendering shows a possible configuration for a pedestrian bridge across San Elijo Lagoon under Interstate 5 in Encinitas. (Caltrans photo)
January 3, 2020
Construction of new express lanes along Interstate 5 will continue north in 2020 after a green light from the Coastal Commission, the San Diego Association of Governments announced.

Tree removals expected as I-5 work continues in Encinitas

This Caltrans rendering shows the look south toward San Elijo Lagoon at the Interstate 5 Manchester Avenue offramp in Cardiff. (Caltrans photo)
Native vegetation to replace lost foliage, project update states
December 2, 2019
Trees and plants are set to be removed along the shoulders of Interstate 5 through Encinitas ahead of bird nesting season by mid-February, the San Diego Association of Governments announced Dec. 2.

City vs. citizens? Sides differ on perceptions of Encinitas housing suit

Encinitas homes are shown in this March 2018 aerial. (Photo by Ian McDonnell, iStock Getty Images)
Mayor, local observer say action is necessary part of legal process; attorney for defendants says residents who support Proposition A are being singled out
November 6, 2019
The city of Encinitas recently filed a lawsuit against 100 unnamed defendants of a resident-backed group called Preserve Proposition A in a claim to clarify whether future housing plans need to be held for a public vote. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal squabbles between Encinitas, housing advocates and the state of California as the city’s latest housing element was deemed compliant under state housing law by the Department of Housing and Community Development on Oct. 10.

I-5 bridge work requires closures of Manchester Ave. in Encinitas

An architectural rendering of a possible design for the Manchester Avenue overpass in Encinitas, looking west, shows a widened span over San Elijo Lagoon. (Caltrans photo)
September 7, 2019
Local drivers will want to take note of planned overnight closures of Manchester Avenue in Encinitas Sept. 8-13, officials announced.

SANDAG, local leaders weigh options for regional transportation plan

A Coaster commuter train travels along the coast of Del Mar. (Autumn Sky Photography, iStock Getty Images)
July 2, 2019
SANDAG and San Diego County are putting the pieces together for a public transit system that’s a practical, alluring alternative to the congested highway, but it may be many years in the making.

55-mph limit returns to Interstate 5 from Encinitas to Carlsbad

Speed has been reduced to 55 mph along Interstate 5 from Encinitas to Carlsbad during freeway construction. (Photo by Micah Bowerbank, iStock Getty Images)
Speed reduced as freeway construction continues
March 8, 2019
Drivers on Interstate 5 will notice a lower posted speed limit between Encinitas and Carlsbad, transportation, civic and safety officials announced March 8. The I-5 speed limit has been reduced from 65 mph to 55 mph along an 8-mile stretch of the freeway from Manchester Avenue in Cardiff to Palomar Airport Road.

Construction to disrupt train service for 2 weekends in March

Bicycle riders use a path alongside the rail line in Cardiff. (NCC file photo by Jen Acosta)
February 22, 2019
Coaster and Amtrak Surfliner train service will be suspended between Oceanside and downtown San Diego for two weekends in March as rail construction continues, the San Diego Association of Governments announced Feb. 22.

Freeway median work continues from Encinitas to Carlsbad

This Caltrans rendering shows a possible configuration for a pedestrian bridge across San Elijo Lagoon under Interstate 5 in Encinitas. (Caltrans photo)
February 2, 2019
Caltrans is wrapping up work on barrier placement and other construction preparation along Interstate 5 through Encinitas and Carlsbad.

Expect local Coaster, Amtrak rail service closure Feb. 9-11

This rendering approximates the look of the completed double rail tracks through Cardiff. (SANDAG photo)
February 2, 2019
Coaster and Amtrak service will be halted Feb. 9-11 along the San Diego portion of the Los Angeles-San Diego-San Luis Obispo coastal rail corridor for construction work.
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