Conceptual designs unveiled for road needs

CARLSBAD — Resident input last week gave city officials a more detailed understanding of the needs along Carlsbad Boulevard.

Assistant City Manager Gary Barberio said conceptual designs were unveiled for improved flow and safety for the traffic-heavy road as well as the adjacent bluff.

He said the plans vary in design from two roundabouts to traditional intersections and traffic lights in the Terramar neighborhood west of Interstate 5 on Cannon Road and north of Manzaro Drive to the water jetties south of the power plant.

Construction, however, is at least two years away, Barberio said, as the city must first navigate its process of improvement through environmental reviews, permitting, construction bidding and other procedures.

One concept on Cannon Road and Cerezo Drive is to add more prominent crosswalks sidewalks, additional parking, a bus stop, a safety buffer between motorists and cyclists and safer entry into the neighborhoods.

As for the roundabout, the current design on the city website details the same features, minus the traffic light.

“We were sharing those with the public asking for input on both of those options,” Barberio said. “We will gather that data and see what it tells us and go from there.”

Barberio said the improvements are needed, while the current existing roadways do not meet the city’s goals.

Three concepts, meanwhile, have been presented for the bluff.

The first keeps existing paths, adds two wood decks holding up to 12 people, a 10-foot wide sidewalk, drought tolerant plants, benches and two pathways to the beach, among other amenities.

The second option details two gathering areas with space for 10 people each, fewer paths and more “opportunities for artistic elements,” according to the city website.

Finally, the third option has the least number of paths, but includes adding numerous palm trees, two wooden decks (with space for up to 34 people), benches, sidewalk, parking and drought-tolerant plants.

Barberio said the city will also provide an online survey.

“Once we get all that data compiled and figure out what it’s telling us, we will revise the concepts accordingly,” he added. “We are trying to create a great street for vehicles, bikes and pedestrians. We want to make it calmer … improve the aesthetics and reflect the character of the area.”

To view the concepts online, visit carlsbadca.gov/coastal.

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