Hundreds of Chula Vista residents participated in official ribbon-cutting ceremonies and a festive fun walk/run/bike which opened Phase I of Olympic Parkway/Paseo Ranchero and Fire Station #3 on June 23.
"The opening of this major segment of Olympic Parkway provides our residents an alternative east/west route to I-805," said Mayor Shirley Horton. "And, in response to resident demand, we're accelerating the schedule to complete this important roadway to the Olympic Training Center by next fall."
The festivities began with a brief ceremony, ribbon cutting and a procession of fire vehicles that led the walkers/runners/bikers along the new portion of Paseo Ranchero and Olympic Parkway. At Chula Vista Fire Department's new Fire Station #3, residents enjoyed refreshments, tours of the station and displays of fire trucks.
The new Fire Station #3 was relocated to 1410 Brandywine Ave. from 266 East Oneida St. as part of the city's comprehensive Fire Station Master Plan that identified locations which would provide the best response times for residents and businesses. In 2000, Fire Station #3 responded to 1,382 of the 9,697 citywide calls for service. The department has six stations and employs 85 personnel.
During the fire station grand opening, KB Home donated lifesaving equipment for all of Chula Vista's stations. The equipment a pulse oximeter measures the amount of oxygen in the blood stream. "By giving back to the communities in which we build, this equipment might someday play a crucial role in saving some-one's life. That makes our business worthwhile," says Martin Lighterink, KB Home's San Diego division president.
Olympic Parkway (the eastern extension of Orange Avenue east of I-805) is a six-lane, east-west roadway that runs parallel to Telegraph Canyon Road and East H Street. It will eventually connect to the previously completed portion that links Hunte Parkway to the Olympic Training Center and Otay Lakes. When completed, by the fall of 2002, the total project is expected to cost more than $80 million.
In addition, the city will be constructing the interchange improvements at Olympic Parkway and I-805 including widening of the ramps and streets, installation of sound walls, and installation/modifications of traffic signals east and west of the freeway. This $21.4 million project is currently being designed and construction is anticipated to begin next year.