Undergrounding Program Information

Undergrounding before and afterUndergrounding involves the removal of utility poles and replacement of overhead cables for electricity and telecommunications with underground lines. Following significant public interest, the City of Del Mar identified the Undergrounding Project as a top priority. The City is determined to advance the Undergrounding Project as quickly as possible.

The Project includes undergrounding 14.6 miles of power and communications lines serving 2,254 accounts.

Preliminary estimates place the City’s portion of costs at up to $42 million. City costs include planning, engineering design, third-party construction contracts for trenching and installing conduit in the public right-of-way, work by other utilities (i.e., SDG&E), permitting, and other project management and administrative expenses.

To pay for the Project, in November 2016, the Del Mar voters approved Measure Q, a one-cent increase to the City’s sales tax rate. Today, the project team is evaluating phasing and financing alternatives for the City Council’s consideration.Undergrounding Project logo

Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee

The nine-member Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee (UPAC) meets at 8 a.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar. Visit the UPAC webpage for a committee roster, links to meeting agendas and to subscribe for email notifications. The UPAC includes three subcommittees: Scheduling, Financing and Communications.