WSP provided grant procurement services, which aided SANDAG in securing a $1 billion Federal Transit Administration Full Funding Grant Agreement. The federal funding matched approximately $1 billion provided by TransNet, the half-cent sales tax administered by SANDAG to support transportation projects in the San Diego region. Once the project was fully funded, construction was able to begin in 2016. The project was completed on time and on budget.
Throughout the decade that WSP worked on the project, the environmental and engineering teams collaborated extensively to advance the project from planning and environmental clearance to construction.
“This collaboration meant that the design of the project from the start was able to avoid or minimize impacts to resources, minimizing the mitigation required,” Carlson said.
For example, Carlson said that during the permitting process, the environmental team coordinated with resource agencies and the design team to modify the design of project elements to minimize impacts to resources. The sequencing of construction for the channel, bike path, LOSSAN, and LRT tracks was also important to the environmental analysis.
“This project presented many unique technical challenges, including difficult geological conditions, utility conflicts, adjacency to active railroad and construction in an urbanized environment where impacts to businesses, schools and medical facilities had to be carefully mitigated as part of the design development,” Kanevskiy said. “We are grateful to have been part of a project team that was able to collaborate and successfully manage and overcome all of those challenges.”
“Public perception was largely positive for the project, and there was little to no opposition during the environmental clearance phase,” Carlson added. “It’s been rewarding to partner with SANDAG on the delivery of one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the region and to help them achieve major milestones throughout environmental clearance and construction of such an important transportation project for the region.”
“The Mid-Coast project is one of the highest-priority transit projects ever undertaken locally, highlighting improved access to major employment, healthcare, education and cross-border opportunities,” Jaskot said. “It is an outstanding example of the value of partnership and collaboration.”
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