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City to begin road widening this month

The $9.7 million project includes a $800,000 contribution from the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, a $675,000 Highway Safety Improvement Program Grant, a $1.6 million Demonstration Grant, TransNet and Traffic Impact Fees.

The City of Escondido will begin widening a segment less than a mile long on East Valley Parkway leading into Valley Center later this month. The website telling residents much information about the project is now available: www.escondido.org/east-valley.aspx

The $9.7 million East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project will widen the bridge over Escondido Creek north of Lake Wohlford Road, widen Valley Center Road, add medians and landscaping, and construct sidewalk from Beven Drive to the northern City limit.

This project went to bid in May of this year and was awarded by the City Council at the July 12 meeting.  The signed contract was received on August 8, setting into motion the preconstruction meeting.

Features of the project include:

• New six lane extension of East Valley Parkway.

• Undergrounding of existing overhead utilities.

• Construction of a sound wall, landscaped medians and sidewalks.

• Bridge widening over the Escondido Creek

• Traffic signal modifications and addition of 22 new LED street lights.

• Green street design with over 100 new trees.

In mid-September, the project will include Mobilization – Clearing (east-side), installation of project information signs and erosion control devices.

From mid-September-November 2017 the project will include construction and relocation of storm drains and installation of new utility conduit.

Also from mid-September until December 2007 the bridge widening will begin across Escondido Creek.

From November-December 2017 the project will construct an eight-foot sound wall.

From January-February 2018 the job will be Utility Conversion from overhead to below ground.

March-April 2018 the project will consist of construction of concrete improvements on the east-side of Valley Parkway.

April 2018 the work will include construction of a new roadway section from one lane in each direction to three lanes in each direction from Beven Drive to Lake Wohlford Road.

Mid-May 2018 workers will install 22 LED street lights along project limits. The work will include modification of the existing traffic signals at Beven Drive and Lake Wohlford Road. This will be followed by activation of new traffic signal and new street lights.

From May –June 2018 the project will include the installation of irrigation for more than 100 trees, shrubs and drought tolerant plants plus masonry wall and concrete improvements.

In mid-August of 2018 the project will close out.

The $9.7 million project includes a $800,000 contribution from the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, a $675,000 Highway Safety Improvement Program Grant, a $1.6 million Demonstration Grant, TransNet and Traffic Impact Fees.

Persons with questions or concerns can direct them to Ricardo Cervantes, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector, Office: 760-839-3853, Email: rcervantesa@escondido.org OR Frank Gonzalez, L.B. Civil Project Manager, Office: 760-294-0974.

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