City to begin major project to improve pedestrian accessibility and drainage on north end of Camino Del Mar

The City of Del Mar is investing nearly $1 million to enhance pedestrian accessibility through the installation of sidewalks, repair streets, and improve drainage in the Beach Colony area between 22nd Street and the San Dieguito River.

Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2014. The project, which is part of an effort to improve sidewalk connectivity City-wide over the next several years, includes construction of curb, gutter, and sidewalks on both sides of Camino del Mar, 20 pedestrian ramps, pavement rehabilitation, and landscape planting areas.

Additionally, underground storm drain infrastructure will be constructed on the east side of Camino del Mar at 27th Street. Groundbreaking will occur in March, with completion scheduled by Memorial Day.

The cost for this community investment is estimated to be $963,000, paid for using a portion of the City’s share of revenues from TransNet, the County-wide, voter-approved half-cent sales tax that can only be used for local transportation projects.

The project design is consistent with the Camino del Mar Streetscape Plan established in 1996, as well as the City’s Community Plan goal to emphasize a pedestrian-oriented environment. The City has a multi-year capital improvement program to construct sidewalks along corridors with high pedestrian volumes and no sidewalks. This segment of Camino del Mar was prioritized because it is heavily traveled by pedestrians and there are drainage issues that need to be improved. Future planned projects include other segments of Camino del Mar and Jimmy Durante Boulevard.

The City of Del Mar will host an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Powerhouse Community Center, located at 1658 Coast Boulevard in Del Mar, to provide information and answer questions about the project.

For information on the open house or the project, contact Assistant Planner Katie Benson at (858) 755-9313.