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Progress Report
July 12, 2019 · Issue No. 29
In this issue: A Safer Stroll

Retaining wall and ramp at 12th Street
A wide sidewalk, planters and retaining wall replace an asphalt slope at 12th Street and Camino del Mar.
12th Street ramp and retaining wall

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

rocky road ice cream

Tuesday: "Rocky Road" ice cream social

Historic rains and other challenges have made for a rocky road to complete the Downtown Streetscape Project. We understand how disruptive construction can be, so what better way to thank people for their patience than to treat everyone to a scoop of delicious ice cream? 

Of course we've ordered rocky road -- and other flavors -- for an ice cream social (PDF) scheduled for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. July 16 at the Del Mar Civic Center, 1050 Camino del Mar.

As the project reaches the home stretch, join us for a scoop as we show displays and answer your questions.

July 12 to 19: 11th Street closure

A full closure of 11th Street just west of Camino del Mar is scheduled through June 19. The closure is necessary to build brick paver crosswalks and sidewalk ramps at the northwest corner of the intersection. The closure effects only the immediate work area. Driveways, an alley and the Civic Center parking garage will remain accessible by way of Stratford Court and 10th Street.

streetlight installation at 1200 block

Week of July 15

Scheduled construction activity:

  • East-west crosswalks at 11th Street;
  • North-south crosswalk west of Camino del Mar at 11th Street;
  • Curb and sidewalk construction, 1100 block of west Camino del Mar;
  • Soils prep for landscaping; and
  • Streetlight installations.

Open full schedule (PDF).

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.

July 22: 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, July 22. Open 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.

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