Downtown Streetscape Project

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Paving begins Sept. 30

As part of the Downtown Streetscape Project, the City has scheduled the grinding and resurfacing of Camino del Mar and portions of side streets for the week of Sept. 30.

From Monday, Sept. 30, through Friday, Oct. 4, no parking will be permitted on Camino del Mar between 9th Street and the northern Plaza entrance. Traffic lanes and parking on side streets will be subject to intermittent closure.

Grinding and paving operations are loud and dusty and involve truck traffic and multiple pieces of heavy equipment. Residents and business owners are advised to plan accordingly. During the week of Sept. 30, free parking will be available at the Del Mar Plaza and L’Auberge Del Mar. Parking is always free at the Del Mar Civic Center.

Responding to concerns from businesses, the City rescheduled the road work to avoid conflicts with Restaurant Week during the week of Sept. 22.

Open the Revised Paving Schedule and Notice of Lane and Parking Closures (PDF). 

Tree Landscaping

Downtown Streetscape Project video

Del Mar TV tells the story of the downtown beautification program with voices from City leaders and members of the project team. Watch the video.

Streetscape completion expected late summer

A historically rainy winter and other on-site challenges have caused delays in the Downtown Streetscape Project that have pushed its expected completion to late summer.

To date, the project has brought new sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, medians, crosswalks and streetlights to Camino del Mar between Plaza and 9th streets.

Beneath the streets and sidewalks, workers have installed irrigation, electrical and drainage lines. In multiple locations, workers encountered uncharted and aging infrastructure. Together with the rains, rerouting or replacing those utilities – such as badly-corroded steel storm drains at 11th and 10th streets -- has contributed to 76 calendar days of delay.

Thank you for your patience 

The Downtown Streetscape Project team thanks residents, business owners and visitors for their patience when dealing with the inconvenience of heavy construction. Construction schedules are kept as up-to-date as possible and are posted in the upper right-hand corner of this webpage. For safety, some planting areas, footings and materials storage must be marked with orange cones and fencing -- making a segment that's mostly finished appear unfinished. Contact us with any concerns at 858-755-9342 or

OVERVIEW12th Street crosswalk

The Downtown Streetscape Project will bring new sidewalks, paving, bike lanes, crosswalks, trees and landscaping to seven blocks of Camino del Mar between 9th and Plaza streets. The project also includes major updates of street lighting and furnishings along Del Mar’s main thoroughfare. Construction is scheduled to run through mid September.

Sidewalk construction on the east side of Camino del Mar is finished while construction on the west side of the highway and medians is ongoing. Fresh blacktop and lane striping is scheduled for the end of the job.

Streetscape costs are expected to total $8.3 million and will be covered with a combination of funds from Measure Q; the existing Streetscape budget and financing.

The Downtown Streetscape Project was first envisioned in 1996 as part of a citywide street and sidewalk improvement program.

Estimated Timeline


  • Landscaping and irrigation systems;
  • Streetlight activation;
  • Roadway reconstruction and striping;
  • Installation of furnishings; and
  • Punch list work, or final finishes.

Safety and Parking

In construction areas, one of two traffic lanes and some parallel parking could be closed during work hours. Sidewalks could be closed temporarily. Please read and follow all posted signs.

Visitors, business owners and their employees are encouraged to park at no cost at the Del Mar Civic Center, 1050 Camino del Mar. In an effort to minimize parking impacts, contractors and work crews will park and stage equipment and materials at offsite locations.

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Streetscape Bid Documents


Hotline: 858-755-9342

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