Padilla Secures Over $18 million for 5 Projects in the San Diego Area

Funding will support water and transportation infrastructure

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) announced that he secured over $18 million in federal funding for five projects across the San Diego region. These projects were included in the bipartisan FY 2022 appropriations package that passed the House yesterday. The President is expected to sign the bill into law next week after it passes the Senate.

“I am proud to have secured funding for projects in and around San Diego to improve our water and transportation infrastructure,” Senator Padilla said. “This funding will go to local governments and community organizations that are directly serving our neighborhoods. Federal dollars will support projects to modernize our transportation infrastructure and spur economic growth.”

Projects in and around the San Diego area that will receive federal funding include:

  • $10 million for the COASTER Commuter Rail Corridor Stabilization Project in San Diego County
    This project will help protect the San Diego portion of the COASTER commuter rail line from erosion of the Del Mar Bluffs. Along a 1.6-mile stretch of the Del Mar Bluffs, the rail line is within feet of the coastline, nested on delicate cliffs that experience annual and episodic erosion.
  • $5.6 million for the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, a department of UC San Diego
    This will fund a Scripps Institution of Oceanography study to determine impact of dumping of the pesticide dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) across the San Pedro Basin in Southern California.
  • $2.2 million for a Homeless Shelter in the City of Oceanside
    This funding will support development of a year-round, 50-bed homeless shelter with wrap-around services to assist people experiencing homelessness.
  • $500,000 for Wastewater Infrastructure along the New River in Imperial County
    This funding will help plan, design, and construct wastewater infrastructure along the New River to address long-standing, systemic water infrastructure and pollution issues.
  • $300,00 for Bayshore Bikeway Segment 5 in National City
    This funding will support construction of a key segment of San Diego’s Regional Bike Network, complete the last segment of the Bayshore Bikeway within National City, and enhance bicycling connections to transit and other key local and regional destinations.

A full summary of the FY 2022 Appropriations Omnibus package is available here.