Jimmy Durante Boulevard reopens at landslide site in Del Mar


Northbound lanes of Jimmy Durante Boulevard reopened Wednesday, May 29, after a bluff slide closed the roadway for more than five weeks. The busy road reopened just in time for the first day of the San Diego County Fair on Friday, May 31.

The April 21 bluff failure buried about 100 feet of sidewalk, bike lane and a traffic lane beneath a three- to five-foot layer of soil and vegetation. The slope failure involved city-owned property and private property on Seaview Avenue.

Upon the recommendation of geotechnical engineers, the city built a temporary, 120-foot-long retaining wall adjacent to the steep slope. A permanent retaining wall, most likely made of wood, has yet to be designed. It will employ the same I-beam pilings that support steel plating installed over the weekend. — City news release