For more than three months, SDG&E crews and contractors have been trenching, installing pipe and backfilling the trench along Midway Drive. In that time, more than a mile of new state-of-the-art pipeline and fiber optic technology has been installed, bringing the Midway Drive Replacement Project near 50% completion.
Crews are now trenching and backfilling on Midway Drive between E. Grand Avenue and Oak Hill Drive, while another crew is potholing south of Oak Hill Drive towards Bear Valley Parkway. Last week, an important part of the project was constructed; the placement of an 80-foot span of pipe across the Escondido Creek adjacent to Midway Drive.
Crews are now installing support structures at the ends of the pipe span at each side of the creek. According to SDG&E this work should be complete over the next couple of weeks.
Despite rain delays early on, crews have been able to keep this project on pace, thanks in part to the additional daily work hours granted by the City of Escondido and the reduced traffic on city streets during the COVID-19 pandemic. Crews continue to wear face coverings and follow all added safety measures while completing this safety work.
Over the next several weeks, construction crews will continue working along Midway Drive. Construction work zones for pipe installation will typically be approximately 1,000 feet long. On an average day, about 160 feet of pipe will be installed in the trench.
Reduced traffic lanes may be necessary along Midway Drive from Grand Avenue to Bear Valley Parkway:
Location: Midway Drive from Grand Avenue to Bear Valley Parkway
Workdays: Monday – Friday
Time Frame: May 28 – early July
Hours: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Traffic control will be set up and flaggers present during these activities. Residents and businesses along Midway Drive will have in and out access during this time.
Motorists are asked to follow the direction of traffic control signs and flaggers as detours are subject to change depending on the location of construction activities.
When complete, the natural gas pipeline safety project will replace 2.4 miles of 1949-vintage pipe in Escondido along Midway Drive from Lincoln Avenue, south to Bear Valley Parkway and ending just south of Hwy 78/San Pasqual Valley Road in San Diego County.