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Progress Report
Feb. 1, 2019 · Issue No. 6 
In this issue: Silva Cells

Silva Cells
Silva Cells, like the ones installed this week in front of the library, capture and treat stormwater runoff and contain lightly compacted soil to support trees. A St. Mary’s Southern Magnolia is to be planted here.

Silva Cells

The Downtown Streetscape Project is bringing new sidewalks to Camino del Mar and beneath those sidewalks are Silva Cells – modular systems that support tree growth and capture stormwater.

Silva Cells are planned for nearly three dozen landscaping areas along the seven-block Streetscape project.

A long way from Del Mar, in New York City, 180 Silva Cells were installed in 2013 beneath the plaza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Silva Cell rendering

Project progressing southward

In addition to installing Silva Cells, crews continued forming and pouring sidewalks and curbing along the 1300 and 1200 blocks of Camino del Mar.

Concrete work on the 1400 and 1300 blocks is scheduled for completion next week as demolition and concrete work in the 1200 block continues. Work in the 1100 block began this week and will continue with demolition and installations of drains, a fire hydrant, Silva Cells, curbs and gutters.

Monday: Biweekly briefing, public welcome

Residents and business owners are invited to attend biweekly briefings on upcoming construction activity. The next briefing is set for 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar. Download a schedule (PDF)

Streetscape in a nutshell

The Downtown Streetscape Project will beautify Camino del Mar and improve safety between 9th and Plaza streets. The $6.8 million project includes new sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, street furniture, landscaping, paving and other improvements. Construction is scheduled to run through June. The Downtown Streetscape Project was first envisioned in 1996 as part of a citywide street and sidewalk improvement program. 

Signage available for businesses owners

In cooperation with the Del Mar Village Association, the City has printed banners and window posters to provide for business owners in active work zones. The signage reminds customers that all businesses are open during construction and also can be posted to  demarcate entrances and parking. Merchants can request signs by e-mailing: 

Free parking at Civic Center

Visitors to downtown Del Mar can park for free at the Del Mar Civic Center, 1050 Camino Del Mar. The garage is accessible from entrances on 10th and 11th streets and by a stairway or elevator that connect to the plaza above.

traffic control devices

Safety is no accident

In construction areas, one of two lanes and parallel parking will be closed during work hours. Sidewalks could be closed temporarily. Please read and follow all posted signs. Do not cross orange fencing and stay clear of closed sidewalks. Thank you!


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