Roadway & Sidewalk Improvements
Camino del Mar – Carmel Valley Road to 4th Street, Segment #5
City Council approved a citywide sidewalk connectivity project to improve pedestrian access, bicycle safety, drainage and roadway paving along Camino Del Mar, Jimmy Durante Blvd and Via De La Valle in 2013. The project was divided into segments with each segment numbered from #1 to #8 based on the Council’s desired prioritization (See Segment Map). Each segment’s design is consistent with the applicable elements of the 1996 Camino del Mar Streetscape Plan and Segments #2, #3, #6, and #8 have all been constructed in recent years.
On February 6, 2017, the City Council received a staff report addressing the proposed design and heard public testimony regarding Alternative B described above. The City Council then rejected the project as designed and directed staff to work with two Council Liaisons to revise the project based on public comment and council discussion that occurred at the February 6 meeting.
The revised design proposal for the multi-use path, traffic intersection and other surface improvements were reviewed with the Council Liaisons on May 17, 2017, and agreement was made to move Alternative C forward for full Council consideration. The concept plan for the project is provided in Attachment A. Meetings between staff and the Council Liaisons occurred during the months of March and May. Recommendations formulated from the alternatives analysis and discussions with the Council Liaisons are to:
- Maintain the 2 northbound lanes and 1 southbound lane as is.
- Maintain the current free-right turn, westbound Carmel Valley to north Camino del Mar.
- Paint the bike lanes through the intersection of Carmel Valley / Camino del Mar, green for added visibility and delineation. (This is similar to what was done at Camino del Mar and Jimmy Durante north of the Village.)
- Make operational improvements at 4th Street / Camino del Mar to allow for 2 left turn lanes on southbound Camino del Mar to Del Mar Heights Road.
- Construct a west-side path along Camino del Mar from 4th Street to Carmel Valley Road which will vary in width from 8 feet to 10 feet.
- Resurface all roadways in the project area and re-striped to accommodate vehicles and buffered bike lanes.