Espola Road Safety Improvements Project

October 23, 2020 Update

The utility undergrounding for Espola Road has been ongoing. SDG&E is wrapping up their work on the 20A portion (southern end) and have completed most of the individual property cutovers from overhead to underground utility connections. The remaining cutovers will be completed with the 20B portion of the work. With the cutovers complete, Cox Communications and AT&T began their portion of the undergrounding for 20A. 

SDG&E began work on finalizing revisions to the infrastructure installation of the 20B portion (northern end) and are anticipating completing the cutovers by the end of the year. Similar to the 20A portion, Cox and AT&T will follow shortly after to complete the undergrounding of their utilities. Once all utilities are successfully converted to underground, the poles will be removed.

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. 

The current 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 summer of 2021.

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 2021 and take approximately six months to complete.

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