SOLANA BEACH — To update residents and area businesses about the Coast Highway 101 improvement project, the city will begin publishing a twice-monthly newsletter that will focus primarily on upcoming construction activity.
The first publication was expected to be handed out to all businesses along the corridor and be posted on the city website Oct. 30. All future newsletters will be on the website and posted on the kiosk on Plaza Street.
During his scheduled update at the Oct. 24 City Council meeting, City Engineer Mo Sammak said most of the median paving work is complete and median trees have been planted.
In response to concerns raised by residents that some of the trees are planted too close together, Sammak said those installed will provide a canopy once they mature. He said they are too young to be trimmed right now.
Eventually there will be a trunk and a canopy so the trees don’t impede traffic flow or block businesses.
Sammak said night work is scheduled to begin in November but an exact date has not been set.
The $7 million project began in June and is expected to be complete by about this time next year.
Improvements will be made in three phases, beginning at Cliff Street and going south to Estrella Street, then moving to Plaza Street and finishing at Dahlia Drive. Phase one is just about done.
The project will feature 11 community gathering places, or themed plazas, with low seat walls, benches and colored aggregate and rock in the sidewalk.
Crosswalks will be added at Estrella and Cliff. Midblock crossings with flashing beacons will be installed near the stairs at the train station and between Dahlia and Lomas Santa Fe drives.
New streetlight, traffic signal and rapid-flashing beacon poles will also be included. Twenty-seven angled parking spots will be added, increasing the number of on-street spaces from 77 to 104.
There will also be a shared bike lane. The speed limit will be lowered to 35 mph beginning at Solana Vista Drive.
More information is available on the city website at ci.solana-beach.ca.us.