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Progress Report
August 9, 2019 ยท Issue No. 33
In this issue: Final Crosswalk Finished

brick paver crosswalk
An all new crosswalk at 10th Street is one of many completed for the Downtown Streetscape Project.

Pedestrian safety is a signature feature of the Downtown Streetscape Project. So are brick paver crosswalks, and workers this week finished building the last of many.

The crosswalk at 10th Street is entirely new and serves the south side of the Del Mar Civic Center. To connect its opposing ends, the sidewalk jogs mid-span with a safe haven in the wide median. The crossing is equipped with rectangular rapid flashing beacons that pedestrians can activate with push-buttons on either side of the highway.

The Streetscape project replaced the four-way crosswalk at 15th Street and added fourth legs to three-way crossings at 13th, 11th and 9th streets. Also replaced were the crossings at 14th and 12th streets.

In other activity this week, workers completed a widening of 10th Street just west of Camino del Mar.

Another milestone is the completion of soil preparation and installation of irrigation equipment along the entire length of the Camino del Mar median, which is now ready for planting starting next week.

10th Street widening
Improvements at 10th Street have included a widening of the road where it meets Camino del Mar.

Week of August 12

  • 15th Street, north to south, tree planting in medians;
  • Project-wide: energizing streetlights, installing convenience power stations in planters, associated electrical work;
  • 11th Street: Veneer work on retaining wall;
  • Project-wide: All trenches crossing Camino del Mar to receive permanent pavement; and
  • Soils prep for landscaping.
veneer on 10th Street retaining wall
veneer work

Veneer work begins

Crews this week completed decorative stone work on a retaining wall at 10th Street. A second retaining wall, at 11th Street, is set to receive the same treatment next week. The stones match those of the monument sign at the nearby Del Mar Civic Center.

sidewalk repairs at streetlight

Power to the project

Throughout the project area this week, electrical workers completed connections to streetlights and concrete masons touched up sidewalks at the bases of the streetlight standards. Four of the lights are energized on the 1400 block of west Camino del Mar and more are scheduled to be energized next week. Each light is activated by its own photocell, which reads darkness levels.

electrical workers at Straford Square

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.

Aug. 19: 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, Aug. 19. 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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