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Progress Report
May 24, 2019 ยท Issue No. 22
In this issue: Middle of the Road

Making medians

With sidewalk construction largely finished for the Downtown Streetscape Project, crews have started vegetation clearing, demolition and the building of new medians along Camino del Mar. 

Streetlight installation
Concrete masons build forms for new medians in the 1400 block of Camino del Mar.
Newly poured median on 1400 block of Camino del Mar

The curbing realigns the medians slightly and will result in straighter traffic lanes. Construction of the medians is advancing from north to south, from 15th to 9th streets.

The work includes installation of irrigation and electrical service.

Business open sign

Need a sign? Contact us

The City has received a fresh shipment of signs for downtown merchants to remind customers that all business are open during construction. To request a sign, contact Shaun McMahon at 858-755-9313 or

11th Street storm drain replacement

Workers replace a storm drain at 11th Street
New pipe replaces a badly corroded metal storm drain running beneath Camino del Mar at 11th Street.

Metal storm drains running beneath Camino del Mar at 11th and 10th streets are more than 60 years old and predate the incorporation of the City. Video surveys of the drain lines show severe decay of the corrugated metal. The storm drain replacement project at 11th Street is scheduled to continue into next week; the 10th Street storm drain replacement will begin next month.

corroded metal storm drain
A March 20 video survey revealed heavily corroded metal storm drains at 11th and 10th streets.

Look-ahead: Week of May 27

The Downtown Streetscape Project will be dark on Monday in recognition of Memorial Day.
  • Brick paver crosswalks, southbound Camino del Mar at 14th and 13th streets
  • Asphalt paving, 1200 block of west Camino del Mar
  • Storm drain installation at 11th Street
  • Median construction, 1300 and 1200 blocks
  • Asphalt paving, 1200 block southbound Camino del Mar

Streetscape in a nutshell

The Downtown Streetscape Project will beautify Camino del Mar and improve safety between 9th and Plaza streets. The $7.2 million project includes new sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, street furniture, landscaping, paving and other improvements. Construction is scheduled to run through July. The Downtown Streetscape Project was first envisioned in 1996 as part of a citywide street and sidewalk improvement program.

Construction briefing cancelled for holiday

The biweekly construction briefing scheduled for Monday has been cancelled for the Memorial Day holiday. The next public briefing is set for June 10. 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. 

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