Espola Road Safety Improvements Project

October 21, 2019 Update

Work by SDG&E on the 20B utility undergrounding infrastructure installation (the northern portion of the project area) is nearly complete.  

The hours for SDG&E’s contractor continue to be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. when work allows for one travel lane to be maintained in each direction. Traffic can be limited to one shared lane only during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Monday and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. At no time will work be allowed to begin prior to 8:30 a.m. as to limit the impact on the morning commute. Traffic flow will continue to be monitored.

The next phase should have considerably less impact on traffic and involves pulling electric cable through the new infrastructure. Whenever traffic control must be set up by SDG&E, they will continue to have the same restricted hours as noted above. The city is on track with design plans for finishing the pathway and expects to move forward with completing the pathway as soon as the undergrounding project is finished.

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 contractor for SDG&E finished work in the southern portion of the project area and is currently working in the northern portion. 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 will be installed either in the street or on the east side of Espola Road. There will be an increased number of trench plates along Espola Road during construction in this section as the project moves forward on an accelerated work schedule. SDG&E’s contractor anticipates the road work will be completed in late September and once complete SDG&E will begin cabling installation within the new infrastructure.

After the infrastructure is in place, the next phase will include 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 summer 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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