Espola Road Safety Improvements Project

June 30, 2022 Update

After a few weeks of limited concrete deliveries due to supply issues, by mid-June the contractor was scheduled to receive two truckloads a day to continue installing the DG pathway and driveways in the north section of the project. If concrete continues to arrive as planned, the DG pathway should be completed by the end of June, with the exception of the area around Northcrest Lane where work on the intersection is still in progress.

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 was 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 began 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 included installing cables in new underground conduits and working on utility connections for individual properties along the undergrounding route. SDG&E completed the installation of their underground cables first followed by Cox and AT&T. After the three utility companies completed all conversion work the utility poles were removed. 

While the utility undergrounding was taking place, the city began the design work needed to re-bid the remaining portions of its work on the Espola Road Safety Improvements project. To avoid construction coordination conflicts the city restarted 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.

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