Espola Road Safety Improvements Project

April 28, 2022 Update

Construction south of Del Poniente Road is nearly complete. Remaining items include the installation of chain link fencing for the safety railing along the retaining wall and the nautical rope along the lodgepole posts. All of the retaining walls on the project have been completed. The construction is now focused on the north end of the project where the decomposed granite (DG) pathway is currently being formed. Traffic control will be setup along the contractor’s work area to shift southbound lanes to the east to provide a safe working area. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained while this work is taking place. Traffic signal operations at the Espola Road and Del Poniente Road/High Valley Road intersection are expected to run normally with a few exceptions where it may need to be placed on four-way flash.

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. The first phase of the project is the undergrounding of utilities by SDG&E, Cox Communications, and AT&T. The second phase of the project is the City’s pathway improvements, which includes a DG pathway, new asphalt berm, grouted rock surface parkway, lodgepole fencing, and retaining walls.  

The utility undergrounding will begin with the installation of the underground infrastructure. 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. 

The next phase following infrastructure includes installing cables in new underground conduits and working on utility connections for individual properties along the undergrounding route. SDG&E will complete the installation of their underground cables first followed by Cox and AT&T. 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 summer of 2021.

While the utility undergrounding is taking place, the city will work with the design consultant to revise the 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 began in fall of 2021 and is anticipated to be completed by summer of 2022.

Project Updates

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