Construction began June 6 for the first piece of a multiyear program to remove utility poles and overhead lines throughout Del Mar.
The Tewa Court/10th Street Utility Undergrounding Project involves digging 1,345 linear feet of trenching and removing 1,000 feet of overhead cables and 10 poles. Plans include construction of an 85-square-foot retaining wall.
The first phase of construction is expected to last 45 days, followed by several months of additional work by certain property owners and utility crews before the wires and poles can be removed.
In February, the City Council awarded a $447,400 contract to Blue Pacific Construction.
Funded by Measure Q, a one-cent sales tax measure approved by Del Mar voters in 2016, the Utility Undergrounding Program envisions parceling Del Mar into eight districts to remove utility poles and replace overhead cables with underground lines.
Design work is underway for two other areas: the Stratford South district between 4th and 12th streets and the Crest Canyon district along portions of Crest Road and San Dieguito Drive. The areas were formed as districts in July 2021; design work expected to take 18 to 24 months.
Open the Undergrounding Project webpage