Escondido, CA

Reduced traffic lanes on Bear Valley Pkwy as part of SDG&E pipeline replacement

On November 9, 2020, San Diego Gas and Electric Company (SDG&E) began construction on the Bear Valley Parkway Replacement Project along Bear Valley Parkway between San Pasqual Valley Road/Hwy 78 and Beethoven Drive and through a portion of Mule Hill Trail in the San Dieguito River Park.

The natural gas pipeline safety project will replace 3.6 miles of 1949-vintage pipe in the cities of Escondido and San Diego and County of San Diego. 

Over the past several months, construction crews have completed trenching and installing new pipe along the 2,800-foot section along Mule Hill Trail. The trail will continue to be closed weekdays for an additional week while restoration activities are taking place.

The public currently has access to the trail on weekends. Crews have also completed pipe installation along Bear Valley Parkway between San Pasqual Valley Road/Highway 78 and Sunset Drive and are currently moving south along Bear Valley Parkway.

The project is about 42% complete. Construction work zones for pipe installation will typically be approximately 1,000 feet long.  On an average day about 120 feet of pipe will be installed in the trench. The primary pipe installation portion of the project is expected to be completed by the end of May.

According to SDG&E reduced traffic lanes may be necessary along Bear Valley Parkway between Sunset Drive and Beethoven Road. 

Location:         Bear Valley Parkway between Sunset Drive and Beethoven Road
Workdays:      Monday – Friday
Time Frame:   March 22 – May 17
Hours:             7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Traffic control will be set up and flaggers present during these activities.  Residents and businesses along Bear Valley Parkway will have ingress/egress 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.   

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.  

Current work activities consist of pot holing, saw-cutting and excavating the trench to prepare for the pipeline replacement. Once the pipe is installed, welded and X-rayed, a special protective coating will be applied to the pipe that will protect it from corrosion. 

Once that is complete, additional pipeline safety features will be installed in the trench, including a yellow warning mesh to minimize accidental dig-ins and fiber optic technology that will detect leaks, intrusion and ground disturbances and alert us immediately.

Restoration and repaving activities will finalize the project’s completion.

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