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.