Completion of I-15 Transit Project in Mid-City Delayed Until Fall - NBC 7 San Diego

Completion of I-15 Transit Project in Mid-City Delayed Until Fall

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    NBC 7's Alex Presha reports on how the state route 15's mid-city transit project is affecting local businesses and what could result from the delay in its completion (Published Monday, Aug. 7, 2017)

    A transit project to build San Diego's first freeway-level transit station on Interstate 15 in Mid-City will not be completed this summer as initially planned.

    Construction on the I-15 Mid-City Centerline Transit Stations project began in June 2015 and was originally scheduled to be completed this fall. After completion, the transit station will sit at University Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard along I-15.

    The project came at a $64 million price tag, funded by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Transnet, and a regional sales tax. 

    Aman Keays, the owner of Full Circle Yoga located on El Cajon Boulevard, told NBC 7 the construction has not affected their business as much as past transit projects.

    "I'm just pulling for them to get it done and pull it off," Keays said. "So they don't have to spend much more money because I think when they finish, it's going to be a benefit for the folks that ride it all the time."

    Keays has been in the neighborhood for 34 years. When the freeway was first put in, the construction nearly took them out of business.

    This transit project, he said, would benefit the neighborhood in the long term. 

    "People can come and go, in a cleaner and safer environment. There's better lighting...I think it improves El Cajon Boulevard," Keays said.

    NBC 7 reached out to SANDAG and Caltrans for comment Monday regarding the delay and if it will cost taxpayers more money. We will update this story when we hear back. 

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