Gilman Drive/Gilman Bridge

Gilman Bridge

Construction start: January 2016 for Gilman Drive Realignment/Fall 2016 for Gilman Bridge

Construction completed: Early 2017 for Gilman Drive Realignment/February 2019 for Gilman Bridge

The long-awaited Gilman Bridge, which is designed to better connect east and west campuses, will open to traffic on Feb. 8, 2019. Spanning gracefully across Interstate 5, the new bridge unites two existing campus roads—Gilman Drive on the west and Medical Center Drive on the east—making it quicker and more efficient to get across campus without using busy city streets.

About the Bridge

To facilitate smooth traffic flow, the bridge and intersections on both sides have three-lane configurations: one lane of traffic each way with a protected left-hand turn lane. Sidewalks and bicycle lanes are included on the bridge as well. A new pedestrian bridge also connects graduate housing in the Mesa Neighborhood to the Gilman Bridge at Medical Center Drive.

The bridge was built as part of a series of regional transportation projects, including the trolley and Genesee/I-5 interchange enhancements, which were designed to transform and enhance how students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors access campus.

UC San Diego worked closely with regional partners including the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and the City of San Diego on these projects, which will all benefit the campus by easing street traffic and parking demands, improving air quality and better connecting the university with the greater San Diego community.