The Downtown Streetscape Project is making for a safer stroll along Camino del Mar.
This week, workers finished a retaining wall, sidewalk and ramps that replace blacktop-covered slope at 12th Street.
The wall and ramps -- and others like them at 11th and 10th streets – meet accessibility requirements for disabled people. They also include planters for trees and shrubs.
On both sides of the highway, new sidewalks have replaced mismatched surfaces of concrete, brick, asphalt and, in places, dirt.
New, brick paver crosswalks punctuate the project. Intersections at 13th and 11th streets are being expanded from 3- to 4-way crossings and a brand new crosswalk, with pedestrian-activated flashing lights, is coming to 10th Street.
The crosswalks arrive at landscaped “bulb-outs,” which narrow the distance that pedestrians must travel from one side of the road to the other.
A prettier, safer stroll is expected to pay great dividends to downtown businesses and make the village center and even great destination for visitors