Hillcrest campus revitalization
Rendering of the first phase of UC San Diego Health redevelopment in Hillcrest including a 250,000-square-foot outpatient pavilion and a 1,850-space parking structure. Credit: CallisonRTKL

Starting Monday, a street in Hillcrest will be closed to vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle traffic as part of the UC San Diego Health expansion, officials announced Thursday.

The closure of Bachman Place between Hotel Circle South in Mission Valley and Montecito Way in Hillcrest will continue for two years.

The work “marks another milestone” in construction on approximately 10 acres of the UC San Diego Hillcrest campus, according to a news release. The project is a multi-phase, 15-year plan to redevelop the university’s 60-acre medical campus.

The revamp will provide “new facilities, new technology, increased capacity, expanded patient care offerings, workforce housing and other innovative community services and amenities,” as noted in the release.

The project also involves creating a new road connection at Bachman and Arbor Drive, and extending First Avenue to the north for a patient drop-off corridor. Construction crews will widen sections of Arbor and Bachman to accommodate various types of vehicles, while adding a new bike lane.

The project’s first phase includes a 250,000-square-foot outpatient pavilion and a 1,850-space parking structure for patients and employees.

UC San Diego Health officials said planned upgrades and construction for the Hillcrest campus “will be synchronized to reduce impact on the surrounding community while ensuring current, critical campus functions remain operational.”

A vehicle traffic study determined that delays in the peak commute period would be no more than 10 minutes and mostly in the three- to five-minute range for most re-routed traffic, the officials said.

They added that traffic signals have been adjusted to minimize impacts, and a turnaround on Bachman Place added for drivers who inadvertently enter the closed road.

– City News Service