Undergrounding 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.