A lot of progress has been made on the Midway Drive Replacement Project pipeline safety project over the summer.
SDG&E crews have been able to complete the installation of more than two miles of new pipe along with advanced safety features. This brings the project to approximately 75% completion.
Since February, construction work has moved from Midway Drive and Lincoln Avenue down Midway Drive and moved onto Bear Valley Parkway, as crews installed new 16-inch natural gas pipe in the street.
Traffic control is now in place along Bear Valley Parkway between Birch Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road while crews focus on installing pipe on this segment of the project. Construction activities include trenching, installation of new pipe and safety features including fiber optic cable and backfilling the trench before paving. 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.
An additional crew is working at Valley Parkway and Midway Drive, connecting a pressure regulator station in front of Palomar College to the new pipeline. This station will serve to feed natural gas to customers in this and surrounding parts of Escondido.
Reduced traffic lanes may be necessary along Bear Valley Parkway from Birch Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road:
Location: Bear Valley Road from Birch Avenue to San Pasqual Valley Road
Workdays: Monday – Friday
Time Frame: from now until late September
Hours: 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Traffic control will be set up and flaggers present during these activities.
Residents along Bear Valley Parkway will have in and out access during this time. Please follow the direction of traffic control signs and flaggers as detours are subject to change depending on the location of construction activities. Please plan accordingly and anticipate delays.
Noise associated with this work will be minimized to the extent feasible. Every consideration will be made to ensure safety vehicles have immediate access and evacuation routes will remain open to all residents in the event of an emergency.
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 Highway 78/San Pasqual Valley Road in San Diego County.