A bottleneck at the east end of the city will be widened beginning next year.
For years, motorists heading east on East Valley Parkway from the city as well as neighboring Valley Center residents heading west have created long lines near intersection of Valley Center Road and Lake Wohlford Road.
This may end in a couple of years. The city of Escondido says it will begin work in 2017 on a road widening of a half-mile segment that has created the bottleneck.
Escondido City Engineer Julio Procopio told The Times-Advocate: “The City plans to bid and award a construction contract in Spring 2017. Construction is expected to begin in Summer 2017 and take 18-months to complete.”
The project widens a 3,000 foot segment of East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road to provide three lanes in each direction between Beven Road and Lake Wohlford Road.
The bridge over Escondido Creek will be widened to accommodate two through lanes in each direction north of Lake Wohlford Road. Construction will include curbs and gutters, street lights, landscaped medians, new pavement and traffic signal modifications. The estimated total cost of the project is $9.7 million. The construction cost is estimated at $6.6-Million.
The project is funded through a combination of TransNet funds (1/2 cent sales tax), Development Impact Fees (fees charged on new development), and a Highway Safety Improvement Program grant. The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians also contributed funding toward the project.