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Enjoy NCC: A Trio of Construction Projects Completed!

Three major construction projects were completed earlier this month in the City of Encinitas and in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. To celebrate, representatives from SANDAG, Caltrans District 11, North County Transit District, the Federal Railroad Administration, and the California Transportation Commission were joined by local elected officials and community members to commemorate the completion of the Encinitas Coastal Rail Trail, San Elijo Lagoon Double Track, and Chesterfield Drive Improvement Projects in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. With the first three Build NCC projects completed, we encourage residents and travelers to Enjoy NCC!

These community enhancements are creating new connections for Encinitas and Cardiff-by-the-Sea residents, travelers, and visitors by providing 1.3 miles of bike and pedestrian pathway, 1.5 miles of double tracked rail line, and safety and mobility improvements at the Chesterfield Drive rail crossing. Additionally, as a part of these improvements and in coordination with the City of Encinitas, the Chesterfield Drive rail crossing Quiet Zone was approved by the Federal Railroad Administration and came into effect on Sunday, April 28. This designation eliminates the need for train engineers to sound the train horn when approaching the at-grade crossing, unless an object or individual is obstructing the rail line, or in other emergency situations.

Please note, construction crews will complete remaining minor activities and site clean-up in these project areas through the end of this month.

These projects are part of the larger North Coast Corridor program, which exemplifies SANDAG and Caltrans’s complete corridors concept to increase safety, capacity, and efficiency and provide transportation choices.

It is an example of what is possible when agencies, organizations, and stakeholders come together to plan and execute visionary projects. To learn more about #BuildNCC improvement projects in the North Coast Corridor, please visit

 On behalf of the entire Build NCC project team, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation and gratitude to the Cardiff-by-the-Sea community for your continued patience throughout construction. Enjoy NCC!

About Build NCC

Build NCC is a collaborative effort between the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Caltrans, and the United States Department of Transportation.

The first phase of construction is in the cities of Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Carlsbad as part of the North Coast Corridor Program. Build NCC includes extending the existing carpool lane on I-5 in each direction from Lomas Santa Fe Drive to State Route 78, double tracking the rail line and replacing the highway and rail bridges at the San Elijo Lagoon, restoring the San Elijo Lagoon, and constructing nearly seven miles of new bike and pedestrian trails. Construction on Build NCC began in early 2017 and will be complete by 2022.

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