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Posted on: April 24, 2023

Council weighs in on SANDAG plans for pedestrian access

aerial view of train tracks on Del Mar bluffs

The City Council weighed in April 17 on SANDAG's proposed pedestrian access improvements along the Del Mar bluffs, with an undercrossing between 7th and 8th streets and a north-south trail east of the tracks from Seagrove Park to 4th Street identified as design concepts for further study. 

The undercrossing concept would connect to either stairs or ramps to the beach. 

The Council also asked SANDAG staff to analyze the feasibility of an overcrossing at 10th Street.

In December, SANDAG brought forward seven concepts for pedestrian access and crossings. 

The California Coastal Commission has required that the agency complete the improvements as a condition of its approval of SANDAG's Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization Project 5.

Initial cost estimates in the Coastal Connections Conceptual Planning Study show: North-south trail ($9.6 million); 7th-8th streets undercrossing with ramps ($12.8 million); 7th-8th streets undercrossing with stairs ramps ($7 million).

"The next step will be to continue advancing the most promising improvement concepts through a community-focused planning and design process," SANDAG says. 

The SANDAG Board of Directors has the final say on which of the proposed improvements get built.

SANDAG is required to build the project within three years from the start of construction of the Del Mar Bluffs Stabilization Project 5, which is scheduled to begin at the end of the year or early 2024.

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