By Karen Billing
Work started on a major construction project in Pacific Highlands Ranch on Monday, Oct. 28, resulting in partial closures of southbound and northbound lanes of Carmel Valley Road.
Manjeet Ranu, vice chair of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board, has coined it “Carmel-geddon” due to the disruption it will cause for several local schools and work traffic that flows through the area.
“Expect chaos and bad manners,” Ranu warned the board at its Oct. 24 meeting.
The closures are due to the construction of a recycled water pipeline, a project taken on by Pardee Homes and the City of San Diego. The pipeline will deliver recycled water to adjacent landscaped medians, golf courses and greenbelts in Carmel Valley and Pacific Highlands Ranch. Construction is expected to continue through the end of the year.
The work will occur on Carmel Valley Road from SR-56 to Lopelia Meadows Place.
When the pipeline construction reaches Edgewood Bend Court, it crosses over from the northbound side of Carmel Valley Road to the southbound side and one lane of traffic. Southbound traffic will merge into a single lane. Concrete barriers will protect the work zone 24 hours a day.
At night, both northbound lanes of Carmel Valley Road will be closed from SR-56 to Edgewood Bend. Southbound and northbound traffic will merge to single lanes and then be diverted to the southbound side of the street.
Work at the intersection of Del Mar Heights Road will occur during the weekend hours.
Allen Kashani, the board’s developer representative from Pardee Homes, said a lot of the traffic on the road comes from the east, cutting-through to avoid the freeway. He said he hoped most people would find an alternative route.
“We wish to let you know that we will do everything we can to minimize the impacts of this project,” wrote Tom Farrar of Pardee Homes in a notice to residents. “During the construction, you may want to plan a few extra minutes of travel time, reduce your driving speeds and remember to be mindful of traffic control.”
Ranu also encouraged residents to sign up with SANDAG’s iCommute service to find work carpool and SchoolPool matches. Register at icommutesd.com.