Contract OK’d for street, sidewalk upgrades on Jimmy Durante

Contract OK’d for street, sidewalk upgrades on Jimmy Durante
Work to upgrade the street, sidewalks and drainage along an approximately three-quarter-mile stretch of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and Camino del Mar is slated to begin the week of Feb. 16. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — Street, sidewalk and drainage improvements along a southeast portion of Jimmy Durante Boulevard are expected to begin in about a week after City Council awarded a $1.6 million contract to PAL General Engineering Inc. at the Feb. 2 meeting.

The project starts approximately 150 feet south of San Dieguito Drive and ends on Camino del Mar at the Del Mar Plaza/L’Auberge traffic signal.

It includes construction of about 2,500 feet of new curbs and gutters, 16,000 square feet of sidewalks, 2,200 square feet of retaining walls, seven pedestrian ramps and 87,300 square feet of pavement rehabilitation.

Wastewater and water main pipelines will also be replaced and new underground storm drain infrastructure will be added.

The project initially included the addition of a roundabout at the intersection of Jimmy Durante and San Dieguito. In response to concerns raised by several residents, the traffic-calming device was severed from the improvements.

However it is still being studied and could be added in the future. Because the roundabout could be added later, the potentially affected sidewalks will stop 100 feet short of the intersection.

The city received only two bids when it advertised for the scaled-down project. Weir Construction Corp. also responded but its proposal was about $300,000 more than the one submitted by PAL.

The improvements are part of a more than $4 million citywide street, sidewalk and drainage project that is being implemented in phases. Most funding is coming from a financing plan offered by the San Diego Association of Governments.

The city is using the money it receives annually in TransNet funds — about $200,000 — to pay the debt.

TransNet is a voter-approved half-cent sales tax given to cities for use on transportation projects.

Joe Bride, project engineer for the Public Works Department, said work should begin the week of Feb. 16 and the goal is to complete the project by Memorial Day.

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