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Progress Report
June 7, 2019 ยท Issue No. 24
In this issue: All About 11th Street

11th Street closure area
Starting Monday, 11th Street just east of Camino del Mar will be closed completely for 11 days.

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 and lowered about 18 inches to align with newly-built curbs, sidewalks, crosswalks and pedestrian ramps.

After the road is regraded, the transition from Camino del Mar will be smoother and vehicles will be less likely to scrape their tail ends on the steep incline.

As the road surface must be lowered so must manholes and water valves. Because its depth with be reduced, a water mainline must be encased in concrete to protect it from the weight of vehicles above.

Uneven pavement and curb at 11th Street
The surface of 11th Street must be lowered to align with curb and gutter shown in the foreground.
Storm drain crossing Camino del Mar at 11th Street
A new storm drain crosses 11th Street at Camino del Mar.
Backfilled trench at 11th Street
Backfilled trench at 11th Street.

11th Street storm drain

Workers this week completed the installation of 24-inch reinforced concrete pipe crossing Camino del Mar at 11th Street. The pipeline replaces a badly-corroded metal storm drain.

In addition to the pipeline, workers built three cast-in-place storm drain catch basins, or inlets, on the southeast corner of 11th Street. The completion of the inlets and pipeline means that workers can proceed with building sidewalk ramps and brick paver crosswalks at the intersection. 

Corroded old steel storm drain at 11th Street
A survey in March of the 11th Street storm drain revealed major corrosion.

1100 block construction to begin

A final segment of sidewalk construction -- on the 1100 block of southbound Camino del Mar -- is set to begin Monday with the demolition of existing pavement. Workers are scheduled to spend about one month improving this block with new curbs, gutters, sidewalks and parking.

At the north end of the block, a large retaining wall is planned at 12th Street. Plans also call for the installation of seven Silva Cells -- underground systems that capture stormwater and assist with tree growth.

Work on this block is expected to advance from north to south in three sections, with the final section including a combination of brick and concrete sidewalk surfaces.

Parking will be unavailable. Employees and patrons of businesses in the construction area are encouraged to park for free at the Del Mar Civic Center, 1050 Camino del Mar.

An architect's rendering of the 1100 block of Camino del Mar.
An architect's rendering of the 1100 block of Camino del Mar.

Week of June 10

11th Street just east of Camino del Mar

  • Monday through June 21, complete closure for roadway demolition, regrading and repaving

Southbound Camino del Mar lane and parking closures for electrical conduit trenching

  • Tuesday: 14th to 13th street
  • Wednesday: Plaza to 15th street
  • Thursday: 10th to 9th street

Northbound Camino del Mar lane and parking closures for driveway and sidewalk repairs

  • Monday though Friday: 12th to 13th street

Both directions, Camino del Mar, intermittent lane closures

  • Monday through Friday for utility installations and related work in medians 

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

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 August. 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, 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 through July: Camino del Mar medians and landscaping
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