April 20, 2018


SUBJECT:    CONSTRUCTION ALERT – Mid-Coast Light Rail Transit Project: Gilman Drive Impacts

Project Location/Description:

Construction activities for the Mid-Coast Light Rail Transit Project are continuing with the construction of the elevated Light Rail trolley track throughout campus. The next impact to campus roadways will be the construction of the falsework (an elevated, temporary wood and steel support structure) over Gilman Drive, just south of Voigt Drive. This support structure will allow the project team to safely work over the roadway and continue building the elevated light rail system.

Immediate Parking Lot, Street Traffic, and Pedestrian Impacts:

To erect this temporary structure, Gilman Drive will be closed for public access between Voigt Drive and Parking Lot P401 starting at 11:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, 2018 and continuing through 4:30 a.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018. Traffic control and detour signage will be provided to direct pedestrians, bicycles and UCSD Service Vehicles through Russel Lane, Lyman Lane, and Voigt Drive. A vehicular detour route will be in place along La Jolla Village Drive, North Torrey Pines Road, Hopkins Dive and Voigt Drive. Please reference the map linked below for vehicular and pedestrian detour routes.

Emergency Vehicle and UCSD Service Vehicle access along Gilman Drive will remain available at all times. A construction flagging crew will be present to allow Emergency Vehicles and UCSD Service Vehicles through the construction area when necessary.

Following the initial closure, there will be intermittent road and sidewalk impacts on Gilman Drive to deliver materials and pour concrete for the future rail structure for approximately one year. Traffic conditions will intermittently change during the process to accommodate construction activities, so please be aware and watch for changing conditions. A construction flagging crew will be actively managing traffic flow during times of impact. To minimize confusion and alleviate traffic congestion during peak travel times, nighttime work and construction sequencing have been carefully incorporated in the construction effort.

Thank you for your patience as we continue to improve the UC San Diego experience.

Please view the area map:

For more project information please view SANDAG’s links at:;

For future Trolley information view:
http://onthego. (for best viewing, please use Internet Explorer.)

If you have any questions, please contact Project Manager Greg Coghill ( at (858) 822-6849 or Project Specialist Mary Alice Lorio ( at (858) 534-2981. We greatly appreciate your patience during these construction activities.

Eric C. Smith, PE
Associate Vice Chancellor
Capital Program Management