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Posted on: September 8, 2023

Council advances planning for San Dieguito Drive

San Dieguito Drive

With support from area residents, the City Council Sept. 5 authorized $155,400 to design improvements for a private, one-block-long segment of San Dieguito Drive between Racetrack View Drive and Oribia Road. 

The improvements would conform with public standards needed to bring the road segment into Del Mar's streets and roadways system.

Currently, the private street segment is the only way to and from Oribia Road and provides an important easement for public access and utilities.

The Council approved Del Mar's civil engineering consultant, Michael Baker International, to prepare design, construction and easement acquisition documents tied to an improvement option recommended by MBI and City staff.

The option, called the Minimal Alternative, is one of four presented in a recently-completed preliminary engineering assessment. 

The Minimal Alternative concept includes building the roadway, rolled curbs, drainage improvements and a small retaining wall. 

A preliminary, estimated cost of $1.3 million  is based on a conceptual-level design that includes design and permitting, easement acquisition documents, construction management, roadway construction and contingency.

As described by residents during the Sept. 5 meeting, any prior quotes solicited by residents were focused on short-term repairs to provide relief from the current road conditions.  

The project under design by the City in collaboration with area residents is a much more comprehensive and long-term solution to reconstruct and repair the deteriorated road to improve access and safety for residents and the public. 

As part of the Phase 2 Engineering Design work, the City’s consultant will finalize the project design, complete construction bid documents and refine project cost estimates.  

The City’s competitive public bidding process, as required by State law, will determine the low-bid cost of the project.   

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