The San Marcos City Council early next year will consider whether to approve a six-story hotel proposed near the Nordahl exit of State Route 78.The project would be located at the southwest of Montiel Road and Leora Lane, near UEI College and Turner’s Outdoorsman, according to a staff report to the planning commission.The commission recommended approval of the project on a 4-3 vote on Dec. 4.The hotel would offer 128 guest rooms, a cafe, fitness room and indoor pool, and would incorporate architectural features such as colored glass and metal fins. It would also include a partially underground parking structure with 141 parking spaces. Although the site near the Nordahl offramp of Route 78 near Costco and Walmart receives frequent commercial traffic, the hotel plan would not significantly affect traffic, so it would not require any road or highway improvements, according to San Marcos spokeswoman Sarah MacDonald.
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The new eastbound auxiliary lanes on State Route 78 (SR 78) will be open to motorists starting Wednesday. This is the last project to be completed during a two-year highway improvement program for this area of North County and will help alleviate traffic congestion along SR 78 near the cities of San Marcos and Escondido.
Located just west of the Interstate 15 (I-15)/SR 78 interchange, the new eastbound auxiliary lanes include an extra lane between Woodland Parkway and the Barham Drive on-ramp, and two additional lanes between the Barham Drive on-ramp and the Nordahl Road off-ramp. As part of this construction project, a portion of SR 78 over Mission Road was repaved and the Barham Drive on-ramp was replaced.
“We’re pleased that these new lanes are opening and look forward to the traffic relief they will provide,” said San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond. “I am proud that San Marcos took the lead by stepping forward to fund the design of this project in order to secure the state funding needed to make it happen. My sincere thanks to Caltrans and SANDAG for them working collaboratively with San Marcos to complete the project in record time.”
Other completed SR 78 improvements in the area include the westbound auxiliary lanes and the replacement of the Nordahl Road Bridge. The City of San Marcos also reconfigured the intersection at Nordahl and Montiel roads.
Working collaboratively, the cities of San Marcos and Escondido, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and Caltrans invested $41.1 million near the I-15/SR 78 interchange to address severe traffic congestion and to prepare the SR 78 for future Express Lanes.
The SR 78 improvements are funded by a mix of local, state, and federal dollars. TransNet, a regional half-cent sales tax for transportation administered by SANDAG, provided $15.5 million. Caltrans provided $14.1 million through the State Highway Operation and Protection Program (SHOPP). The City of San Marcos contributed $6.75 million, and the City of Escondido provided $4.75 million.
The west side of the Nordahl Road bridge over State Route 78 (SR-78) in San Marcos has opened to traffic as of 5 am this morning. Portions of the lanes will be limited during this time while construction on the bridge continues through the next few weeks.
Construction of the Nordahl Road bridge replacement project began in late February 2012. The first phase of work reconstructed the east side of the bridge. The second phase of construction to rebuild the west side of the bridge is nearing completion. The full bridge with an additional turn lane on to SR-78 will be completed in November 2012.
The Nordahl Road bridge replacement is one of several projects in the area. Working collaboratively, the cities of San Marcos and Escondido, the San Diego Association of Governments, and Caltrans are investing $41.1 million to address the congestion in the vicinity of I-15 and SR-78 and to prepare for future carpool lanes on SR-78.
We could see increased traffic in San Elijo Hills this weekend-
Please be advised that the Nordahl Road Bridge and SR 78 eastbound and westbound on- and off-ramps at Nordahl Road will be closed for demolition work beginning 8 pm on Friday, July 20 to 5 am on Monday, July 23. The construction work will also involve raising the height of the ramps to match the new bridge’s height and accommodate the future widening of SR 78.
The SR 78 will remain open in both directions.
During this work, businesses in the area will remain open. Signage will direct motorists through detours to other nearby interchanges, and pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained through the weekend via a temporary pedestrian bridge. Traffic on surrounding streets is expected to be heavy and delays are expected. Heavy machinery used for construction activity will cause daytime and nighttime noise.
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A community workshop/open house on the SR-78 Nordahl Road Bridge Project will be held on Wednesday, March 7 from 6 to 7 pm at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive in San Marcos. Community members and businesses are invited to learn more about construction of the Nordahl Road Bridge Project.
Topics to be discussed include an overview of the project, construction phasing, closures and detours, lane configurations, pedestrian travel, noise during construction, aesthetics and improvements.
This is a joint partner project with the City of Escondido, Caltrans and SANDAG.
The new interchange bridge will increase overall vehicle capacity and accommodate future widening of the 78. This $37 million dollar project will get under way this summer and will take about 18 months to complete.
Around the same time, the city will make improvements to the intersection at Nordahl and Montiel Roads to further improve traffic circulation.
And east of this work, Caltrans will be significantly improving the 15 and 78 connector to help ease the backup that forms when traffic merges from one freeway to the other.
Finally, an eastbound auxiliary lane on the 78 between Woodland Parkway and Nordahl Road is being constructed to help open that area up during peak commute times.
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