Community celebrates completion of Del Mar’s Jimmy Durante Boulevard Streetscape Project


City officials and community members commemorated the completion of the Jimmy Durante Boulevard Streetscape Project with a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 9 at the Del Mar Plaza.

Street, sidewalk and drainage improvements along a southeast portion of Jimmy Durante began in mid-February. The project included the construction of about 2,500 feet of new curbs and gutters, 16,000 square feet of sidewalks, five retaining walls, 2,500 feet of utility pipeline replacement, and 87,300 square feet of pavement rehabilitation.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the completion of the second segment of the more than $4 million citywide street, sidewalk and drainage project, which is being implemented in phases.

As part of the multi-year citywide sidewalk connectivity project, the city previously installed 12,000 square feet of sidewalks in the Beach Colony along Camino del Mar from 22nd Street to the San Dieguito River Bridge. The first phase also included 2,800 feet of new curbs and gutters, 20 pedestrian ramps, pavement rehabilitation and irrigated planting areas.

The city is expected to work on Via de la Valle and the North Beach area of Del Mar next.

Most of the funding for the project is coming from a financing plan offered by the San Diego Association of Governments. To pay the debt, Del Mar is using TransNet funds, a voter-approved half-cent sales tax given to cities for use on transportation projects.