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Progress Report
May 31, 2019 · Issue No. 23
In this issue: Power to the Project

Electricians assemble a streetlight
Electricians assemble a streetlight for installation on the 1100 block of Camino del Mar.
Electricians on 1100 block
Electricians route wiring to a pedestal on the 1100 block of Camino del Mar.

Throughout the Downtown Streetscape Project, workers continue to install streetlights and route electrical conduit beneath streets, sidewalks and medians.

Along every block, the electrical service will provide power for streetlights, irrigation controllers and convenience power outlets. In the medians, the convenience outlets will provide electricity for holiday lighting and other uses. 

Plans call for three arteries of conduit – beneath the north- and southbound bike lanes and beneath the medians – to extend for the entire length of the project.

New meter pedestal in 900 block for convenience power
A second meter pedestal on the 900 block of Camino del Mar.

Streetlight installations began earlier this month, with workers bolting 18-foot-tall wooden poles onto footings at street corners and 12-footers to bases at mid-block locations.

The poles are fitted with steel hardware to hold bell-shaped lamps, banners and flower baskets. The inner workings of the poles contain power and data outlets. Plans call for 56 streetlights in the project area from Plaza to 9th Street.

The streetlights installed this week are set to be energized in June; lights on the west side of Camino del Mar are expected to be installed in June and energized later that month.

Electrical conduit in trench
Gray electrical conduit shares a trench with an irrigation line crossing 13th Street at Camino del Mar.

Look-ahead: Week of June 3

  • Brick paver crosswalks, southbound Camino del Mar at 14th and 13th streets.
  • Storm drain installation at 11th Street.
  • Median construction, 15th Street to 10th Street.
  • Asphalt paving, 1200 block southbound Camino del Mar. 
  • Southwest and southeast curb ramps, 11th Street at Camino del Mar.
  • Electrical work project-wide.

June 3 to 7: Lane closure for paving

Street and utility work related to the Downtown Streetscape Project will require the complete closure of 11th Street just east of Camino del Mar from June 10 through June 21. About 50 feet of the road surface is scheduled to be removed entirely, regraded and repaved to align with newly-build sidewalks and pedestrian ramps. The new segment of 11th Street will include new utility connections and new brick paver crosswalks. 
Workers grade a parking area on the 1200 block
Workers grade a parking area on the 1200 block of southbound Camino del Mar.

June 10 to 21: Complete closure of 11th St.

Street and utility work related to the Downtown Streetscape Project will require the complete closure of 11th Street just east of Camino del Mar from June 10 through June 21. About 50 feet of the road surface is scheduled to be removed entirely, regraded and repaved to align with newly-build sidewalks and pedestrian ramps. The new segment of 11th Street will include new utility connections and new brick paver crosswalks. Email: streetscape@delmar.ca.us

11th Street closure area
About 50 feet of 11th Street is scheduled for re-grading, new pavement and utility work.



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 smcmahon@delmar.ca.us



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.

June 10: 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, June 10. Download a briefing 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 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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