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Permitting continues for East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center road widening project

The 3,000 foot stretch of East Valley Parkway that will be widened in 2017.

The 3,000 foot stretch of East Valley Parkway that will be widened in 2017.

Several months ago the City of Escondido received approval from the City Council on the requested Authorization to Construct for the $9.7 million East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center Road Widening Project.

City staff are submitting signed agreements to CalTrans for the Authorization to Construct this week. The last environmental permit has been acquired. Staff continues working with Utilities to finalize their plans prior to bidding this project.

The city plans to begin work in 2017 on a road widening of the half-mile segment that has created a bottleneck for years.

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 Luiseño Indians also contributed funding toward the project.

One response to “Permitting continues for East Valley Pkwy/Valley Center road widening project”

  1. Cherie Wolff says:

    My driveway is hazardous now, it is exactly at the end of the white vehicle stopped at the signal. Adding this to 2 lanes will make entering and exiting my property impossibly safe. Address 24730 Valley Center Rd, at Lake Wolford and Valley center, as it is now it’s a blind corner coming down from Valley Center to the Lake Wolfold signal, there are collisions all the time due to inabilty to see the signal that is 50ft around the blind corner, my driveway is in the middle of that.

    I have grave concerns what is going to be done to not FURTHER endanger my and my company including children with small children entering and exiting my driveway.

    Whom do i speak to about how to get A. a safe entrance and exit and B. a sound barrier as my house is up the hill a little, NO not the white one, i’m directly next to the humane society a fence and the wash are the barrier between us .

    Respectfully, Cherie Wolff

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