The Port of San Diego has been awarded $4.8 million from the California Natural Resources Agency for its Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade project, a component of the Port’s Chula Vista Bayfront development. The Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade project will consist of a three-quarter mile Class I bike path and pedestrian walkway linking the regional Bayshore Bikeway to waterfront amenities and future development sites on the Chula Vista Bayfront. The proposed budget for the Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade project is $5.63 million.
“This is great news and will be important in helping us meet an important objective for the Chula Vista Bayfront – to provide a continuous bike path and walkway, fully accessible to the public,” said Chairman Robert “Dukie” Valderrama, Board of Port Commissioners, Port of San Diego. “We’re thrilled that the state recognizes the value and benefits of this project, not only to the South Bay and the entire San Diego region, but to all of California.”
“What a great opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy this new multi-modal bike path along the Chula Vista Bayfront,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “This project will help us showcase the natural beauty we have along the San Diego Bay.”
The Port’s $4.8 million grant is the second largest of the 39 awards given to infrastructure projects chosen through the state’s Urban Greening Program. Funded by Cap-and-Trade revenues, the grants support projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption and reducing vehicles miles traveled. The projects also convert built environments into green spaces that improve air and water quality and provide opportunities for walking, biking and recreation. California’s Cap-and-Trade program, along with other state carbon reduction measures, ensures the state will meet its SB 32 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
“Public recreation and the protection of our environment and natural resources are critical aspects of the Chula Vista Bayfront project,” said Commissioner Ann Moore, Chula Vista’s representative on the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “This grant gets us another step forward in realizing our vision of a world-class destination – a unique place for people to live, work and play.”
Construction on the Sweetwater Bicycle Path and Promenade project is anticipated to begin in 2019 with completion in 2020.
The Chula Vista Bayfront project represents one of the last truly significant large-scale waterfront development opportunities in Southern California. At approximately 535 acres, the project seeks to transform a largely vacant and underutilized industrial landscape into a thriving recreational, residential and resort destination on the Chula Vista waterfront. When complete, residents and visitors will enjoy more than 200 acres of parks, a shoreline promenade, cycling/running/walking trails, a resort hotel and convention center, RV camping, shopping, dining and more.
The Chula Vista Bayfront project is expected to be self-sustainable, generating nearly $2.8 billion for the regional economy during construction and nearly $2.1 billion a year at buildout. It will also be a tremendous job creator for the region with nearly 10,000 construction jobs and 20,000 permanent jobs.