Approve the Serra Mesa Community Plan Amendment - Road Connection Project (Project 265605)
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The benefits of the Phyllis Place Road Connection are significant and undeniable. Let your voice be heard! Please sign the petition and consider sending your letter of support to the policy and decision makers that will decide the fate of the Serra Mesa Community Plan Amendment Roadway Connection Project.
Traffic congestion is a major problem in Mission Valley. We need to alleviate it by adding more road connections outside of the central core onto freeway connections. One way we can accomplish this is by having the San Diego City Council approve this project.
The proposed project is an amendment to the Serra Mesa Community Plan to revise the Serra Mesa Community Plan to show a roadway connection from Phyllis Place (in Serra Mesa) southward to the boundary between the Serra Mesa and Mission Valley Community Plan areas.
Implementation of the proposed project would include the construction and operation of a four-lane major street with landscaped median, complete with bicycle lanes and pedestrian pathways, extending from Phyllis Place in Serra Mesa southward to Via Alta and Franklin Ridge Road in Mission Valley which is adjacent to the I-805 freeway.
- Resolve the inconsistency between the Mission Valley and Serra Mesa Community Plans by providing a multi-modal linkage from Friars Road in Mission Valley to Phyllis Place in Serra Mesa
- Improve local mobility in the Serra Mesa and Mission Valley planning areas
- Alleviate traffic congestion and improve navigational efficiency to and from local freeway on-and off-ramps for the surrounding area
- Improve emergency access and evacuation route options between Serra Mesa and Mission Valley planning areas
- Provide a safe and efficient street design for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians that minimizes environmental and neighborhood impacts
Alleviating traffic congestion and improving navigational efficiency:
With the Phyllis Place road connection and proposed mitigations the following intersections improve during peak AM or PM traffic:
- Mission Center Road and Murray Ridge Road / Phyllis Place *75% improvement
- Qualcomm Way and Friars Road Eastbound Ramp *55% improvement
- Rio San Diego Drive and Rio Bonito Way *46% improvement
- Friars Road and Northside Drive *30% improvement
- Qualcomm Way and Friars Road Westbound Ramp *30% improvement
- Mission Center Road and Westside Drive ( Mission Center Driveway) *20% improvement
- Mission Center Road and Friars Road Eastbound Ramp *15% improvement
The following streets either improve or have no significant impact with addition of the Phyllis Place Road Connection:
- Civita Boulevard
- Friars Road
- Mission Center Road
- Qualcomm Way
- Russell Parkway
- Westside Drive
- Via Alta
The Phyllis Place roadway connection, coupled with mitigation improvements, will greatly alleviate congestion and increase circulation throughout Serra Mesa and Mission Valley. This should be an important goal of any City planner – to ensure our communities are well connected, thereby improving the flow of traffic, increasing our mobility options, and serving our circulation needs.
Improving Circulation to Community Serving Amenities:
Travel time to schools, hospitals, fire service, libraries, parks, and shopping centers were analyzed with and without the Phyllis Place road connection. The results show a net lowering or no change of travel time to all of the local community-serving amenities. Absent the proposed connection, the logical path of travel between community amenities and services would use Mission Center Road, leading to and from Murray Ridge Road; whereas with a connection, a driver could simply proceed through the middle of the Civita project using Franklin Ridge Road.
Clearly, Mission Valley has a greater range and diversity of shopping opportunities than Serra Mesa given that one community is predominantly commercial while the other is predominantly residential in character. Travel time to all amenities will benefit with the connection or would not change. There are no instances in which it will take a resident longer to travel to any of the area schools, hospitals, libraries, and shopping centers, or for emergency personnel to reach a resident in need, with the connection road built. This connection is essential to the quality of life for our residents and to ensure timely response in times of emergency.
Bike Lanes and Transit:
Currently, bicycle facilities provide service connecting through the Mission Valley area. Class II bike lanes are provided along Friars Road, Mission Center Road, and Qualcomm Way. The Mission Valley bikeway network connects to neighboring communities’ bike systems, including the San Diego River Park Trail. When fully completed, the Civita development will also feature bicycle facilities throughout the project; namely, the addition of Class II bike lanes on Civita Boulevard, Via Alta, and Franklin Ridge Road. These connections will allow cyclists to connect from residences and commercial sectors to the greater Mission Valley bikeway network and transit.
The proposed Phyllis Place roadway connection will provide additional bicycle access for residents in both the Mission Valley and Serra Mesa communities – and will serve our growing population of bicyclists, whether they use bike travel to commute, recreate and exercise, or access the trolley and bus system. This important multi-modal connection will substantially improve regional connectivity for cyclists by providing an additional north-south route for cyclists to travel.
The Phyllis Place road connection will allow unrestricted, multiple point, emergency access to the Serra Mesa and Mission Valley communities. In addition to police, fire, and ambulance access, the connection will provide an additional evacuation route in the case of an emergency that requires speedy evacuation. While the Traffic Impact Analysis acknowledges that the evacuation impacts are limited to the 200+ homes in Serra Mesa that are at the western end of Phyllis Place on the northern rim of Mission Valley, these homes currently have only one public access and emergency evacuation route.
The Traffic Impact Analysis has identified response times for fire and medical emergency service taking 10 and 8 minutes longer, respectively, without the connection. This time difference can mean the matter of life or death when responding to a call for fire or medical emergency.
I believe the benefits of the Phyllis Place Road Connection are significant and undeniable. Let your voice be heard! Please sign the petition and consider sending your letter of support to the policy and decision makers that will decide the fate of the Franklin Ridge Road Connection.
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The full environmental impact report can be accessed here.
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