Camino del Mar over San Dieguito Bridge Replacement

Camino del Mar Bridge photo

The City of Del Mar has launched a multi-year project to replace the Camino Del Mar bridge over the San Dieguito River.

The bridge is located north of Sandy Lane and south of Via de la Valle.  It is 600 feet long and was built in 1932, widened in 1953, and modified in 2001.   

Following extensive inspections by the State of California, the City of Del Mar (City) ordered a study of the existing bridge in 2012 (i.e. Final Rehabilitation Strategy Report (PDF).)  The study identified corrosion and vulnerability to earthquakes and concluded that replacing the structure was the most cost-effective solution.

Therefore, the City has embarked on a project to replace the Camino del Mar Bridge.  The project is in its  first phase of a multi-phase process beginning with environmental review and construction alternatives analysis.  The new bridge will accommodate one lane in each direction and bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the bridge. The existing bridge is supported by 10 piers; the replacement will have six. That will reduce the footprint on the environmentally-fragile wetland and improve the hydrology of the river. 

Construction is expected to begin in 2023 -- after local, state and federal permits have been secured – and last for up to 27 months. 

Early estimates place the construction cost at $25 million to $28 million, of which nearly 90 percent will be covered by a federal grant. The grant will pay to replace existing features. Artistic treatments to the structure will not be eligible for federal funding. 


Project Open House
CDM Bridge Open House 1-10-2019The City of Del Mar held an open house on January 10, 2019 to hear from the public on plans to replace the 86-year-old highway bridge over the San Dieguito River. During the workshop, architectural treatments, design and construction alternatives, and other technical information were displayed at one of several interactive stations.

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