East Valley Parkway between Beven Drive and Lake Wohlford Road will be widened and improved starting next fall. The project is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete, and will widen East Valley Parkway to three lanes each way, according to Julie Procopio, assistant director of Escondido’s Public Works Department.
“It will be three lanes in each direction and two lanes north of Lake Wohlford Road to transition back into the county’s piece of road, which was widened a few years ago,” she said.
As of last week, the city was shoring up purchases of land on six properties along the route. Procopio said city engineers are in the final design phase and are about to wrap up the right-of-way purchase and utility arrangements.
“We can see the light at the end of the tunnel,’’ she said. “All of the homes will still be there. We will just be acquiring a strip of land along the right- of-way. Several of them (homeowners) have already been able to agree on the purchase price,” she added.
City engineers are working with San Diego Gas & Electric to put utility lines underground.
The project will place utilities underground and add new traffic signals and crosswalks at the Lake Wohlford Road crossing.
“As soon as these two things are in place we will be able to go out to bid,” Procopio said.
The project will total $9.7 million to complete, with $675,000 coming from a federal highway traffic safety improvement fund. Local half-cent sales taxes, approved by Proposition A several years ago, and traffic impact fees from developers will pay for the project.