I-5 Express Lanes/ Direct Access Ramps (DAR)

Anticipated construction start: TBD

Average daily traffic on I-5 is projected to increase by 50 percent by 2030. The I-5 Express Lanes Project will add Express Lanes on I-5 and make improvements to reduce congestion and better accommodate traffic.

The I-5 Express Lanes Project is part of a comprehensive program of highway, rail, environmental, and mobility enhancements along the North Coast Corridor that stretches 27 miles and connects the cities of Oceanside, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar and San Diego.

As part of the project, Caltrans and SANDAG have proposed several improvements near UC San Diego. Two High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)/ Express Lanes will be added in each direction between Genesee Avenue and La Jolla Village Drive.

Caltrans also proposes to construct Direct Access Ramps (DAR) to facilitate access to HOV/ Express Lanes. When drivers of carpools, vanpools, and buses can connect directly with HOV lanes, they avoid the need to cut across other lanes. DARs improve safety, reduce congestion, save time, and increase reliability for both HOVs and other vehicles.

The DARs would be accessed through campus from the reconfigured Voigt Drive Bridge. This project could result in increased vehicular traffic, including non-campus trips, on Voigt Drive and Gilman Drive in particular.

Lead Partners: Caltrans, SANDAG

More Info: Keep San Diego Moving – North Coast Corridor