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State Route 282

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Routing Routing

Rte 282From Route 75 to the Naval Air Station at North Island in Coronado.

Post 1964 Signage History Post 1964 Signage History

In 1967, Chapter 1483 defined Route 282 as “Route 75 to the Naval Air Station at North Island in Coronado via Fourth Street. This section shall not become operative until the portion of Route 75 from Orange Avenue in Coronado to Route 5 in San Diego via the San Diego-Coronado Toll Bridge is completed and open for traffic.”

In 1968, Chapter 1139 added a segment from Route 75: “(a) The San Diego-Coronado Ferry to Fourth Street via Orange Avenue. The portion of this route described in subdivision (a) shall cease to be a state highway when the San Diego-Coronado Toll Bridge and approaches are completed and open for traffic. (b) Orange Avenue Route 75 to the Naval Air Station at North Island in Coronado.”

In 1972, Chapter 1216 deleted segment (a), returning the definition to “Orange Avenue to the Naval Air Station at North Island in Coronado.” This runs along the 3rd and 4th street couplet.

In 1976, Chapter 1354 changed "Orange Avenue" to "Route 75"

In August 2020, the CTC approved the financial contribution to cover the relinquishment of Route 282.

Status Status

Note: This is one of five routes in California with "backward" postmiles: Most routes have postmiles that run West to East; this route has postmiles that run West from Route 75 to the NAS.

The SAFETEA-LU act, enacted in August 2005 as the reauthorization of TEA-21, provided the following expenditures on or near this route:

Coronado Relinquishment (PM 0.0R/0.691R)

In March 2015, it was reported that the Third and Fourth Street Planning Community (TAF) recieved a report that Caltrans was preparing a feasibility report to assess the potential to relinquish Route 282 to the city of Coronado. This was because Route 282 is the portion of Third and Fourth Streets that runs from Orange Avenue to Naval Air Station North Island (NASNI), including the portion of Alameda Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets (also known as the Avenue of Heroes neighborhood loop). The process of "relinquishment is the removal of a State highway, either in whole or in part from the State Highway System (SHS)," and a contractual turning it over to another jurisdiction—in the case of Route 282 this would be the city of Coronado. Currently, all of Third and Fourth Streets are part of the National Highway System, and are under the jurisdiction of Caltrans, District 11. While Third and Fourth Streets are not under the jurisdiction of the city of Coronado, there are areas where both jurisdictions intersect, like cross streets and sidewalks, light posts, and signage. The intersecting jurisdictions has led to neglect of the entire Third and Fourth Streets corridor. This sustained neglect is rooted in a lack of a designated pipeline for reporting maintenance issues to Caltrans. The city assumed Caltrans was monitoring the roadway for maintenance issues. Caltrans assumed the city works would notify them of maintenance issues. When TAF residents began policing the roadway in early 2014, both the city of Coronado and Caltrans stepped up to investigate and/or resolve challenges to transportation, maintenance, and roadway safety. For relinquishment to be considered it must first be deemed appropriate, meaning that Caltrans must first determine whether the relinquishment makes sense from a transportation system perspective. A significant factor is that Route 282 is a military installation route; an additional factor is whether or not the highway in question serves "regional or statewide transportation needs." Relinquishment could result in an increase in highway speeds on the route. However, it could result in the loss of the prohibition of trucks over 65'. Even though this designation was hidden from recent resolutions and has not been enforced, this was an opportunity to quiet the traffic and prevent truck groundings at NASNI entry.
(Source: eCoronado.com 3/21/2015)

In February 2019, there was an update on the relinquishment question. The broad brush details include Caltrans, the State of California’s Transportation Agency would pay the city $16.95 million to repair Route 282 or Third and Fourth Streets west of Orange Avenue; Route 75 from the Toll Plaza to Tulagi Road; and Route 75 from Tulagi Road to the southern City Limit with Imperial Beach, to adequate levels. The city of Coronado would then take over all operations of highways. The deal would be in perpetuity, the highways could not be returned to State control and turning the highways over to Coronado would require legislative action at the state level. There’s a lot more to Relinquishment than that. There is past history which could charitably be described as ‘fractious,’ and there is a very real fear of the unknown. The financial risk cannot be quantified at this time, and information gathering is just now underway. Early discussions on Relinquishment have found Councilmembers Bill Sandke and Mike Donovan on opposite ends of the thought spectrum on the issue, at least during council discussions on the topic.
(Source: Coronado Eagle and Journal, 2/22/2019)

In September 2019, it was reported that the topic of relinquishment was discussed at the September 2019 Coronado Council meeting. This relates to negotiations for Coronado to acquire control and operation of Route 75 and Route 282. Approved was an item that would authorize City Manager Blair King to engage in negotiations with Caltrans for the 9.79 miles of roadway in question: specifically, Route 75 from Tulagi Road to the Southern City limits; Route 75 from Glorietta Boulevard to Tulagi Road; and the full portion of Route 282 including Third, Fourth, and Alameda between Third and Fourth Streets. The staff recommendation was to pursue the relinquishment of all three segments of roadway. State Senator Toni Atkins (D-39th District) has agreed to facilitate the transaction, which ultimately requires legislative action, with the bill signed by Governor Gavin Newsom. The big turnaround for this council from the stance taken by their predecessors, was the fact that the now-public Caltrans operational numbers reflect the transaction to be cost positive for the City of Coronado. During a presentation to the Council by City Director of Public Services and Engineering Cliff Maurer, it was revealed that Caltrans receives an annual financial allotment through the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) of $900,000, of which a total of between $250,000 and $280,000 is actually spent in Coronado, with the balance of the funding directed to other areas within Caltrans. Upping the maintenance level to Coronado standards, essentially doubling the existing Caltrans expenditures, would still leave a projected balance Coronado could place into a sinking fund for future road maintenance. The other major financial component that may make this transaction financially feasible, is a potentially large lump-sum payment from Caltrans to the City of Coronado to bring the 9.79 miles of roadway to an acceptable condition. The first dollar figure run up the proverbial flagpole by Caltrans was for $16.95 million with a projected payout in 2020-21. Coronado’s consultants from Rick Engineering Company put the number for a 2022 payout at $24 million. Another issue Coronado would include in the transaction is that Caltrans would commit to providing catastrophic damage response capabilities, within the limitations of their available resources. The downside for Coronado is the city would now own 9.79 miles of roadway and a bridge near the Cays, with all of the related operations and maintenance expenses, forever. There are also insurance ramifications, as Coronado is part of a Joint Powers Agreement called the CSAC Excess Insurance Authority, which is a risk-sharing pool that proactively helps control losses and prepare for different exposures. Through that entity, the city is self-insured for a $250,000 deductible per incident, with coverage up to $50 million. The key factor is the amount of the lump sum payment. Coronado believes that thenumber (from Caltrans) is low. There is a fair amount of time between the completion of an agreement and when Coronado gets the road. In that time, the value of money is changing, and the city needs to negotiate an appropriate amount of money to get the road into good shape.
(Source: Coronado Eagle and Journal, 9/12/2019)

In June 2020, it was reported that during the City Council meeting of June 16, 2020, the Coronado City Council approved by a 5-0 vote, acceptance of the $22 million financial package from Caltrans to take over the operation of Route 75 and Route 282 in the city. Along with an internal transfer of $9.3 million from the Fiscal Year 2020-21 budget, the resulting $31.3 million fund, with interest, is projected to cover the annual maintenance for the two state routes that run through Coronado. The opening bid from Caltrans to bring the two state routes into good repair was $16.95 million. Specifically, the descriptions of the state routes that will be taken over by the City of Coronado include:
(Source: Coronado Eagle and Journal, 6/25/2020)

The San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge is not included in Relinquishment and will continue to be owned and operated by Caltrans. Relinquishment of Route 75 and Route 282, once completed, means the highways are owned by the City of Coronado in perpetuity. The City also assumes all liability for the highways.
(Source: Coronado Eagle and Journal, 6/25/2020)

In August 2020, the CTC approved the following addition to the SHOPP, which addressed the financial contribution for the relinquishment: 11-SD-75 PM 11.2/R20.1 PPNO 1304 ProjID 1118000008 EA 43021. Route 75 In Coronado, from 0.2 mile north of Rainbow Drive to Glorietta Boulevard; also the entirety of Route 282 (PM 0.0R/0.691R). Financial Contribution Only (FCO) to City of Coronado to relinquish roadway. PA&ED $160K Const Sup $22,000K TOTAL $22,160K. PA&ED 12/15/2020 Begin Const 9/6/2021.
(Source: August 2020 CTC Agenda, Agenda Item 2.1a.(2a) #12)

Related to the above, in August 2020 the CTC approved the following financial allocation: $160,000 for PA&ED 11-SD-75 11.2/R20.1 PPNO 1304 ProjID 1118000008 EA43021 Route 75 In Coronado, from 0.2 mile north of Rainbow Drive to Glorietta Boulevard; also the entirety of Route 282 (PM 0.0R/0.691R). Financial Contribution Only (FCO) to City of Coronado to relinquish roadway.
(Source: August 2020 CTC Agenda, Agenda Item 2.5b.(2a) #36)

Blue Star Memorial Highway Blue Star Memorial Highway

Route 282 from Orange Avenue in the City of Coronado to Naval Air Station North Island was designated a Blue Star Memorial Highway by Assembly Concurrent Resolution (ACR) 163, Res. Chapter 124, Statutes of 2016, on August 16, 2016. Members of the Avenue of Heroes Neighborhood Association from the City of Coronado, California wished to erect markers along Route 282 from Orange Avenue in the City of Coronado to Naval Air Station North Island to honor all of the military branches that formed today’s North Island and our current service members who are still making sacrifices for our country. The association presented this proposal to the National Council of State Garden Clubs. From international explorers to the First Aero Squadron and from the Spanish-American War to the War on Terror, North Island has been a strategic military post and home to all branches of the United States Armed Forces. North Island served as a base for the beginnings of Army and naval flight, was modernized by the United States Marine Corps, and was an incubator for the United States Coast Guard, Signal Corps, and Air Force. The City of Coronado has the reputation as a “Navy Town,” unchanging in its beautiful Victorian architecture. It has become home to all branches of the armed services and has included many illustrious and famous military retirees. The designation of Route 282 as a Blue Star Memorial Highway is intended to be in conjunction with the City of Coronado’s Avenue of Heroes Banner Program to honor such heroes as Navy Seal Petty Officer First Class Jeffrey S. Taylor, who was killed in action on June 28, 2005, when the MH-47 helicopter he was aboard on a rescue mission crashed in Kunar Province, Afghanistan; the late Lt. Gen. James Harold “Jimmy” Doolittle, a Medal of Honor recipient, who led 16 American Mitchell B-25 bombers on April 18, 1942, from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet on a raid to bomb the Japanese mainland during World War II and who later commanded the powerful Eighth Air Force in Europe and the Pacific from January 1944 to September 1945; the late Vice Adm. James Bond Stockdale, Medal of Honor recipient, Vietnam War hero, and indomitable spirit of the Hanoi Hilton, who was shot down by antiaircraft fire after flying his A-4 Skyhawk off the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany on his last mission and was imprisoned in the Hanoi Hilton by the North Vietnamese; the late United States Navy Commander Francis Fane, who joined the Navy’s underwater demolitions team during World War II, becoming a legend in Navy special forces, developing advanced diving equipment and diving techniques, and laying much of the groundwork for the future Navy Seals; Navy Commander Dean “Diz” Laird, who became the only known U.S. Navy ace to shoot down both German and Japanese airplanes during World War II; Navy Commander Theodore “Spuds” Ellyson, who, while stationed at North Island, the first naval officer assigned to aviation duty, the first passenger of a seaplane, the first pilot to land on water at night, and was the first and only commander of North Island’s Camp Trouble; Maj. Gen. Joseph H. Pendleton of the United States Marine Corps, whose foresight, persuasive skills, and focused tenacity made the San Diego area the military center it is today; and, among many more heroes to be honored, Navy Capt. Leonard “Len” Kaine, who became a Top Gun fighter pilot and who was twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Blue Star Memorial Highway will honor more than 34 past and present members of the Armed Forces along Route 282’s Avenue of Heroes in the City of Coronado and the list will continue to grow as more banners are added and heroes are recognized.

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Statistics Statistics

Overall statistics for Route 282:

Pre-1964 Legislative Route Pre-1964 Legislative Route

In 1959, Chapter 1062 defined LRN 282 as:

  1. (a) [LRN 281] near United States Auxiliary Air Station, Brown FIeld to [LRN 198] near La Mesa
  2. (b) [LRN 198] near La Mesa to [LRN 277]

In 1961, Chapter 1146 changed "[LRN 277]" to "[LRN 278]"

In 1963, Chapter 1698 shortened the name of Brown Field, but this was overtaken by Chapter 385 and the "great renumbering".

This route is present-day Route 125, although portions of this are part of Route 905).


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