CHULA VISTA (CNS) - The $7.2 million H Street extension connecting western Chula Vista neighborhoods with the bayfront was opened Thursday by city and Port of San Diego officials.
"The H Street extension is far more than just a street improvement project," said Port Commissioner Ann Moore. "It's an opening to San Diego Bay, making it significantly easier to access our beautiful Chula Vista bayfront."
Moore and Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony that also included the unveiling of a commemorative brass plaque installed in a new sidewalk. The plaque's location indicates a historical high tide line and features the names of current city and port elected officials.
Construction -- started in November 2013 -- was completed under budget and slightly ahead of schedule, according to the port.
It extended H Street, which previously came to a dead-end at Bay Boulevard, by about 2,000 feet to reach Marina Parkway.
Work included surface demolition of an area previously used by Goodrich Industries.
Asphalt, concrete surfaces, utility pipes, storm drain pipes and structures were removed, port officials said. New utilities were installed, including a new storm drain pipe and steel water lines.
The four-lane roadway includes a separate 12-foot wide bike lane and a five-foot wide sidewalk. Additional work included enhanced street lighting and landscaping.
"This is a historic day for Chula Vista," Cox said. "The opening of H Street demonstrates that visible progress continues on a plan that will give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy new parks, attractions and residences along our portion of San Diego Bay."
Previous work in the area has included the demolition of the old South Bay Power Plant. The future could bring a waterfront hotel and convention center complex.