Park Boulevard At-Grade Crossing Approved by California Public Utilities Commission
CPUC Gives Green Light to Extend Park Boulevard to Harbor Drive, Decision Can Finally Link Balboa Park to San Diego Bay
SAN DIEGO, CA – A direct vehicular link between Balboa Park and the San Diego Bay could finally be a reality following an approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria (D-San Diego), as the state representative for both Downtown San Diego and Balboa Park, announced today that the CPUC has granted the petition by the City of San Diego to modify the Park Boulevard and Harbor Drive railroad crossing and open it to vehicular traffic.
“For more than a decade, as long as I have represented Downtown on the City Council and now in the Assembly, I have pushed for this project’s completion. Opening this crossing has the ability to make a world of difference to improve traffic flow in Downtown, improve pedestrian safety, and connect vehicular traffic from Balboa Park directly to the Harbor,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “I applaud the Public Utilities Commission for approving this modification, and I am grateful to the City of San Diego for their continued advocacy to bring this project to fruition.”
Located just east of Petco Park, the Park Boulevard At-Grade Crossing project would extend Park Boulevard to Harbor Drive. Currently, cars cannot cross to Harbor Drive from Park Boulevard due to barriers that have been in place since as early as 2001. Efforts to re-open the intersection to vehicular traffic have been ongoing since the construction of Petco Park. The CPUC’s decision represents an acknowledgement that all safety concerns have been resolved.
Assemblymember Gloria and Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) along with every member of the San Diego legislative delegation signed a letter to the CPUC in April 2017 urging the approval of the at-grade crossing.