Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street
Another “At Last!” It took 22 years for a City Council to approve and fund a version of the Downtown Streetscape Project first talked about in 1996. Now, it’s a go!
Seven blocks of the city’s commercial center, Camino Del Mar between 9th and Plaza streets at 15th Street, are about to be redefined as “complete streets” for pedestrians, cyclists, as well as motorists. The renewed streets will be paved and stripped for bike lanes and crosswalks, and street lamps will be added. The redesigned sidewalks, with rounded “bulb-outs” corners at intersection, will be interspersed with trees, plants, and street furniture to frill out the area.
The winning bidder of the $6.76 million construction contract approved by the City Council in October is San Diego-based Tri-Group Construction and Development, Inc. The company will start staging equipment and materials in the near future but will hold off on major demolition and serious construction till after the holiday season. They aim to be finished by July 1, 2019. Digital signage will alert residents to roadwork, lane closures and other traffic delays during the tricky traveling time.
The project’s cost is being funded through Measure Q ($3.9 million), the existing Streetscape budget ($1.4 million) and financing ($1.5 million). Follow along at: Downtown Streetscape webpage.