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from the Underground
Kristen M. Crane | Assistant City Manager

The Del Mar Undergrounding Project, made possible by voter approval of Measure Q in 2016, is making important progress in the first quarter of 2020. Together with the Undergrounding Project Advisory Committee, the City has selected a specialty dry utility consultant to help implement this important project. Utility Specialists’ team, which includes KCM Group and Fuscoe Engineering, will play an important role in the design process and will be working closely with SDG&E, the telecommunications companies, and property owners.

The next step is to officially form the undergrounding districts for the first two areas approved by the City Council in August 2019. These areas – referred to as Area 1A and Area X1A – are generally defined as follows:

• Area 1A – West of Camino del Mar, along Stratford Court between 4th Street and Sea Orbit Lane, including the alleys.

• Area X1A – Vicinity of Crest Canyon, including the eastern end of San Dieguito Drive near the City limit, and above Crest Canyon along Avenida Primavera and Crest Drive, extending to the southern City boundary.  Working with SDG&E and other telecommunications companies, in late December and January, the Project Team has been conducting field investigations to finalize the boundaries of these two areas. The field investigations may result in some refinements to the boundaries based on technical feedback from SDG&E and the telecommunications companies. A detailed map of each area will be produced that identifies all parcels included in each area. These maps are anticipated to be completed by late February and will be available on the project website.
The formal steps to establish these two undergrounding districts are planned to be brought to the City Council for approval in March 2020. A public notice will be sent in advance of the City Council meetings to all residents and property owners, both within each area and within 300-feet of the area boundaries.

Once the districts are formed, the design process will begin. Using funds generated by Measure Q, SDG&E will develop the project design, coordinating with the telecommunication providers that use the utility poles for their infrastructure. During design, residents and property owners within Area 1A and X1A can expect to receive further information from the City and Utility Specialists’ team on timelines, property owner responsibilities for private lateral work on private property, specific designs near their property, and more. The design process is anticipated to take 18 months.

Following design, the next step will be the construction bid process to better understand anticipated costs for the entire Citywide project. The City Council will then make a decision for moving forward with construction, which if approved, would likely begin in 2021-2022.

For more information about the Del Mar Undergrounding Project, including details about Areas 1A and X1A, please visit the project web page at or contact



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