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Progress Report
April 12, 2019 · Issue No. 16
In this issue: Timeline and Budget Update 


Monday: Streetscape Update for City Council

crosswalk work at 9th Street
Workers encounter concrete-encased utility lines while preparing the 9th Street crosswalk for brick pavers.

Rain delays, infrastructure challenges and accommodating requests from business owners have placed the Downtown Streetscape Project about two months behind schedule. The challenges also have added nearly $425,000 to the six-month construction project, budgeted originally at $6.8 million.

A Project Update and Request for Funding (PDF) is scheduled for the City Council’s hearing 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar.

The long-awaited project to beautify and improve safety along six blocks of Camino del Mar has faced interruptions from 41 rain days, which require preparation and cleanup before and after.

Demolishing streets and sidewalks has revealed unknown or damaged utility lines, including corroded metal storm drains running beneath Camino del Mar at 10th and 11th streets. Replacing the damaged pipes is critical to the overall project and, at an estimated $300,000, comprises the majority of the request for additional funding.

More complications have come with the securing of easements. Inefficiencies and delays also have come as a result of accommodating requests from businesses.

To minimize additional delays and make up for lost time, the City Council is set to consider: adding construction crews; finishing work in areas susceptible to interruptions before Memorial Day; allowing construction on Saturdays; extending work hours to 7 p.m., and minimizing design changes


9th Street crosswalk before pavers

Westside Work

Construction of the 9th Street crosswalk continued this week.

Workers also began demolishing red-brick sidewalks and angled parking on the 1200 block of Camino del Mar.

9th street crosswalk after pavers

The 1200 Block

Demolition on the 1200 block
Demolition begins on the southern third of the 1200 block.
1200 block west side
An architect's rendering of the 1200 block of Camino del Mar
An architect's rendering of the 1200 block of Camino del Mar.

Construction Activity: Week of April 15

  • 9th Street crosswalks are scheduled for completion. Single lanes of Camino del Mar face intermittent closure. No further closures of 9th Street are expected.


EAST SIDE OF CAMINO DEL MAR

  • 1000 Block: Sidewalks in front of all storefronts are scheduled for completion. Curb, gutter and retaining wall construction will continue.
  • 1100 Block: Complete southern driveway; continue construction red-brick sidewalks, retaining wall and pedestrian ramp.
  • Plaza to 12th Street:Trenching for electrical conduit will require intermittent closures of the bike lane and slow lane of northbound Camino del Mar.


WEST SIDE OF CAMINO DEL MAR

  • 1200 Block: Sidewalk, curbing and gutter construction for southern third of block; demolition for middle third of block at Board & Brew.
  • 1300 Block: Sidewalk repair work.
  • 1400 Block: Sidewalk cutting and excavation for tree planting.

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.

Monday: Biweekly briefing, public welcome

Residents and business owners are invited to meet the project team and get the latest information on construction activity during biweekly briefings at the Del Mar Civic Center Town Hall, 1050 Camino del Mar. The next briefing is set for 9 a.m. Monday, April 15. Download a schedule (PDF)

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!


Estimated timeline

  • January through April: East side of Camino del Mar
  • April through June: West side of Camino del Mar
  • June: Camino del Mar medians and landscaping
  • June: Camino del Mar paving, striping and signage.
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