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Rancho Santa Fe Road to receive $3 million facelift

SAN MARCOS — San Marcos crews are starting a long-delayed resurfacing of a two-mile stretch of Rancho Santa Fe Road in San Marcos.

The $3 million resurfacing project will give a facelift to the roadway between state Route 78 and Lakeridge Drive, just south of San Marcos Boulevard a stretch lined with retail stores, restaurants, apartments, Alvin Dunn Elementary and several shopping centers.

The project was expected to start in 2015, but city officials delayed the project due to El Niño.

Some portions of the roadway will require pavement removal and replacement, while other segments will have the surfaces ground prior to the final pavement overlay. Residents and businesses directly affected by the street restoration will receive notice of scheduled work. While most road repair work will take place during evening hours, daytime traffic delays are anticipated.

“We appreciate continued patience from motorists, businesses and schools during these important roadway repairs,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “The temporary inconvenience paves the way for lasting improvements.”

Officials expect the project to be completed in the fall.

For more information, updated schedules and anticipated traffic impacts, visit

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