Construction begins on waterfront promenade plan

Lane changes on Harbor Drive

SAN DIEGO - Harbor Drive's lanes between the Navy and B Street piers will be shifted about 60 feet to the east starting Monday so crews can begin constructing a 105-foot wide waterfront promenade, port officials said.

Relocating Harbor Drive is part of a $28 million waterfront beautification project designed to increase public access to the bay, according to the Port of San Diego.

The project will include gardens, plazas and shade pavilions, upgrades to storm water systems, improvements to West Broadway and the addition of a third turn lane from southbound Harbor Drive to Grape Street, port officials said.

Construction on the first phase of the project began in January, and it's expected to be complete in the first half of next year, according to the port. Port officials said shifting the lanes is a visible sign of progress in the first phase of the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan.

Port Commissioners said the project is about five months behind schedule because of problems they encountered underground. It's scheduled to be completed by fall of next year.

Tourists Chantal Parker and Joe Godbout said they’ll definitely come back to see the finished project.

“The more the merrier right? The more stuff  to do the better it is," said Parker.

Others like Marcos Garcia, who said with the waterfront, it doesn’t matter what’s added here, people will come.

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