Did you know? More than 700,000 vehicles travel on Interstate 5 daily? Now, the ride on northbound I-5 in San Diego’s North County will be smoother because Caltrans + SANDAG have opened 9 new miles of Carpool/HOV lanes between Solana Beach + Carlsbad.
It’s all part of the $875 million Build NCC project — hop in as we check out the concrete details.
🚘 The 411 on the north I-5 lanes:
The new stretch spans from Lomas Santa Fe Drive to Palomar Airport Road. The paralleled southbound lanes are set to be completed next month.
The lanes are open 24/7 to motorists traveling with one or more passengers + electric/clean air vehicles with valid HOV access stickers issued by the DMV. Motorcycles, vanpools + transit vehicles can also use them. Make sure you enter only through the dashed white lines.
According to SANDAG and Caltrans, the new lanes aim to reduce traffic congestion + miles traveled, as well as greenhouse gas emissions — and give locals more travel options.
🛣️ The big picture:
The I-5 milestone is part of Build NCC, a major project underway since 2017 to improve highway, rail, coastal + transportation access in Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Carlsbad.
Here’s what’s next in this phase of the plan, set to be completed by 2023:
- Crews are constructing 4 additional miles of Carpool/HOV lanes in both directions from Palomar Airport Road in Carlsbad to State Route 78 in Oceanside.
- Double-tracking + replacing the San Elijo Lagoon highway bridge.
- Restoration of the San Elijo Lagoon — which includes the sand nourishment project at Cardiff State Beach that we told you about last month.
- Construction of nearly 7 miles of new bike + pedestrian lanes.
Keep up with the project here.