Espola Road Safety Improvements Project

The Espola Road Safety Improvements Project will improve safety for those who walk, jog, cycle or ride horses along the stretch of Espola Road between Poway High School and Twin Peaks Road. Specifically, it will add a pathway where none currently exists on the west side of Espola Road, from Mountain Road (just north of Twin Peaks Road) to Willow Ranch Road (about a block south of Titan Way).

The first phase of the project will be grading the pathway and shoulder area along with installation of retaining walls and new street lights. This will be followed by the “undergrounding” of nearly all overhead utilities in the area. This means that the overhead powerlines and other equipment will be moved underground, aesthetically improving the roadway and removing obstacles from the proposed pathway.

The final phase of the project is creating a safe access by installing a decomposed granite (DG) pathway. The pathway will be generally set back from the main road and include a lodge-pole fence as a protective barrier.

Espola Road is an essential corridor between the southeastern portion of Poway and areas to the north. Creating safe access along a stretch of road that was built long before Poway incorporated is not without its challenges. Construction will impact the current landscape. A few trees that exist along the new pathway have been identified for removal. There are walls, utility poles, signs and other impairments that will need to be moved as well.

As with any plan that impacts a neighborhood while enhancing the community at large, there were significant variations and points of view to consider. After thoughtful consideration, the City Council determined that this alternative would provide the balance needed between progress and preservation. Its open, natural design mirrors the “City in the Country” tone of the community while ensuring for the safety of those who travel this road.

Project Schedule

The Contractor began mobilizing materials for construction after April 2, 2018. Construction started at the south end of the project.

The first phase of construction will be the trail grading and retaining walls. The work will be done in three segments to minimize disruptions to both residents and traffic.

  • Segment 1 – (COMPLETED) South end (south of Mountain Rd) to Durhullen Dr

  • Segment 2 – (IN PROGRESS) Durhullen Dr to Del Poniente Rd/High Valley Rd

  • Segment 3 – Del Poniente Rd/High Valley Rd to north end (south of Willow Ranch Rd)

Permanent traffic control will be set up in each segment for the duration of construction in that segment, with speed limits reduced to 35 mph within the construction zone. For the portions of the project in which the Espola Road/Del Poniente intersection is narrowed, a Sheriff’s deputy will be assigned to direct traffic at that intersection on school days between 7:00 and 7:30 a.m.

Traffic control will continue to be set up on a 24-hour basis through the first phase of construction.

The second phase of construction will be the Utility Undergrounding by SDG&E, AT&T, and Cox Communications. All construction activities for this phase of work will be done by contractors hired by the utility companies or utility company staff. The work is anticipated to take 15 – 17 months.

The final phase of construction will be the installation of the finished surface of the trail along with lodge-pole fencing. This will be completed by the City’s contractor that completed the first phase of construction.

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