Espola Road Safety Improvements Project

March 2, 2020 Update

All utility underground infrastructure has been installed. The next phase is installing the underground cabling, which is expected to take several months to complete. SDG&E crews have already started work in the 20A portion (southern end) of the project. Work in the 20B portion (northern end) is expected to begin soon.

Traffic control on Espola Road will be set up by SDG&E on an as-needed basis, when work is being done within the Right of Way. In most cases, there will be two lanes of traffic open (one in each direction). When crews need to limit traffic to one lane with flaggers, work hours will be limited to avoid impacting school traffic.

Finishing the pathway improvements is still expected to proceed as soon as the utility work is complete.

Project Background

The Espola Road Safety Improvements Project will improve safety for those who walk, jog, cycle or ride horses along the west side of Espola Road between Poway High School and Twin Peaks Road. 

All utility underground infrastructure has been installed. Much of the infrastructure for utilities undergrounding was designed to be installed within the proposed pathway along the west side of Espola Road. Infrastructure includes installation of conduit, vaults and above grade structures. Due to conflicts with an existing high-pressure gas main, infrastructure in the northern portion was installed either in the street or on the east side of Espola Road. There was an increased number of trench plates along Espola Road during construction in this section as the project moved forward on an accelerated work schedule.

The next phase following infrastructure includes installing cables in new underground conduits and working on utility connections for individual properties along the undergrounding route. Both AT&T and Cox Communications have cabling work to complete once SDG&E is finished. During these phases there will be significantly less roadside activity and traffic impacts, but work is progressing nonetheless.

The three utility companies need to complete all conversion work prior to utility poles being removed. Pole removal is the last step in the undergrounding process and is expected to be complete by the end of 2020.

The city is finalizing design plans to re-bid the remaining portions of its work on the Espola Road Safety Improvements project. To avoid construction coordination conflicts the city will restart pathway improvement construction activities after the utility poles are removed. This portion of the project is anticipated to resume in the summer of 2020 and take approximately six months to complete.

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