San Diego Infrastructure

San Diego’s infrastructure is outdated, leaving residents susceptible to burdensome commutes and unsafe road conditions.

Let’s Rebuild San Diego!

Failing underground stormwater pipes create sinkholes, waste precious water, send pollution into the ocean, and close our beaches.

We cannot afford to wait for upgraded infrastructure–and not just above street level! Stormwater is interconnected with transportation systems and our ability to get around safely and efficiently.

There is a significant gap in infrastructure funding–$247 million in 2023–and that number is expected to increase

Benefits of Infrastructure Improvements,
Investments, and Projects


Transportation projects, including street and road repairs, pothole fixes, and safety upgrades will benefit everyone in the San Diego Region.

Critical infrastructure investments in San Diego, which enhance road safety and accessibility, include new fire evacuation routes, bridge safety repairs, and increased highway connectivity along key state routes. 

To reduce congestion, we must add more carpool lanes and connectors while making transit faster and more reliable.

By fixing and upgrading the coastal rail line on the bluffs, currently at risk of collapse, and significantly increasing the speed and service of the Surfliner and COASTER, we can keep the train moving.

Infrastructure projects generate billions of dollars for our regional economy, creating high-wage jobs for cross-sector industry professionals.

Upgrades to transit projects offer convenient and high-speed transportation options connecting various regions and job centers.

Enhancements in transit emergency response plans will ensure the safety and preparedness of transit systems, bolstering the community’s confidence in our region’s reliability.


Our transportation infrastructure is positively impacted by stormwater investment measures aimed at preserving road integrity and preventing potholes and sinkholes through improved drainage systems.

Modernizing pump stations, updating the city’s drainage system, revitalizing our waterways, and effectively maintaining San Diego’s levee system will better serve our communities.

Stormwater investment preserves road integrity, preventing potholes and sinkholes through improved drainage systems.

Effective erosion control measures in stormwater investment protect transportation infrastructure from water-related damage.

By focusing on pavement preservation, stormwater investment ensures longer-lasting and safer local roads and highways.

We must plan to capture, clean, and recycle stormwater, but also fix underground pipes – one of the main causes of potholes and sinkholes. 

Addressing Environmental Equity


We must invest in transit systems and road networks to enhance traffic flow and increase commuter safety and accessibility.

By increasing road and transit system accessibility, we can mitigate congestion, reduce air pollution, and protect our environment.

Expanded transportation options will lead to affordable options for seniors, students, and residents with disabilities.

San Diego residents deserve accessible evacuation routes, including retrofitted bridges and new emergency evacuation routes in fire-prone areas, to ensure they can leave during a crisis.

Railways affected by coastal erosion in Del Mar and a landslide in San Clemente put the rail connection to Camp Pendleton and Navy Base San Diego at risk and would delay the transport of heavy equipment and munitions. As part of the Strategic Rail Corridor Network, maintaining functionality is critical to our national security.

The plan to bring an aerial people mover to the San Diego airport could cut traffic on our surface streets by as much as 20%.

New transportation options that link our universities, large economic centers, and hospitals with the community benefit our entire region. We want to make sure our servicemembers can travel to the VA hospital quickly and efficiently, students can get to campus, and residents and visitors alike can patronize businesses in the San Diego region.


Our region, which is already susceptible to storm damage, cannot afford to wait for upgraded infrastructure.

San Diego deserves better: we must make critical upgrades to our infrastructure to improve our region’s water quality.

With the breakdown of our water infrastructure, we are allowing trash and pollutants to enter our waterways. Everyone in San Diego has a stake in decreasing pollution and protecting our water sources.

Rains earlier this year illustrated how the deterioration of our local infrastructure increased pollution in our waterways. 

San Diego is addressing critical stormwater needs, but new, innovative and improved stormwater management systems are crucial to the safety and resiliency of our region.

Benefits of Stormwater Capture

San Diego has traditionally viewed stormwater as a nuisance, instead of a resource. We need to think differently about stormwater!

Instead of directing polluted stormwater across flood-prone urban areas into the ocean, stormwater capture technology will allow San Diego to capture and process a significant amount of water. 


By broadening our approach to stormwater capture in rural and urban areas alike, San Diego will reduce regional imported water dependence.

Stormwater capture helps to control flooding, restore habitats, and save energy, also creating new opportunities for recreation areas. 

Water Quality and Pollution

We must develop new, innovative stormwater management systems to ensure we’re efficiently and responsibly managing our region’s water resiliency.

Rains in the first part of 2023 illustrated how the deterioration of our local infrastructure increased pollution in our waterways.

Pollutants and trash affect everyone’s water quality. We must safeguard the health and well-being of our marine life and local communities.

San Diego has experienced far too many local beach closures due to pollutants released by our aged, deteriorated storm drainage system. San Diego’s world renowned beaches are integral to our regional identity. We must protect them.


Cigarette butts, plastics, and syringes don’t belong in our waterways or on our beaches. We must upgrade our infrastructure to divert thousands of pounds of trash and pollutants.




Innovative solutions to wasted water are critical to our region’s sustainability measures. San Diego missed out on the collection of over 130 billion gallons of water in 2020, which could have met the city’s needs for roughly two years!

Increasing our ability to capture stormwater and cleaning out the storm drain system will prepare San Diego for future extreme weather events, protecting our local communities. 

Repairing and upgrading our crumbling stormwater infrastructure system will create thousands of good-paying, local jobs to keep our economy moving.

Present water capturing practices divert water into local reservoirs; however, Los Angeles and Orange County have implemented broader techniques, including constructed capture, and serve as an example for San Diego.

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