City of Carlsbad, CA Discussing Pedestrian/Cyclist Bridge at Railroad Xing

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Apr 122013
 

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Source: Phil Diehl, UT San Diego

Downtown Carlsbad residents could get a shortcut to the beach in a few more years. And to school. Even to the Village.

City planners have asked for a $100,000 grant to study the feasibility of installing a railroad crossing for pedestrians and cyclists at Chestnut Avenue.

The proposed crossing would serve primarily residents of the Barrio, one of Carlsbad’s oldest neighborhoods, which is cut off from the nearby beach by the railroad tracks running north and south.

It also would give beach-area residents a shorter hike or bike ride to nearby Jefferson Elementary School or to downtown restaurants and shops. The nearest existing rail crossings are at Carlsbad Village Drive and Tamarack Avenue.

A crossing at Chestnut has been discussed for years, and still remains a distant vision.

“It’s very preliminary,” said Frank Boensch, an analyst for the city. “The community has indicated they would be interested in seeing something that would provide better access for the Barrio.”

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Escondido to triple road repair funding

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Apr 102013
 

Council directs staff to spend minimum of $4.7 million yearly on maintenance work

Source: David Garrick, UT San Diego

— Faced with some of the region’s shabbiest roads, Escondido City Council members decided this week to nearly triple how much the city spends each year on paving and street maintenance.

“The condition of our streets just befuddles me,” Councilman Ed Gallo told his colleagues during their meeting Wednesday night. “We deserve nicer streets as residents of the city.”

More than 12 percent of Escondido’s roads are either “failing” or in “serious” condition, according to a recently completed evaluation of every city street.

And an additional 15.5 percent were deemed either “very poor” or “poor” by the survey, the first of its kind in city history.

On Wednesday, council members directed city staffers to spend a minimum of $4.7 million per year on road maintenance. The city has been spending about $1.7 million annually, and was slated to continue spending that amount.

“In the past, we have neglected the basic core functions of the city,” said Mayor Sam Abed, vowing to shift Escondido’s priorities.

Abed said he was embarrassed when a recent survey of regional road quality conducted by San Marcos found that Escondido had the worst roads in the region.

Ed Domingue, the city’s public works director, said Escondido’s roads would be even worse without some one-time state and federal grants the city received during the last four years.

Those grants boosted spending on road maintenance to an average of $3.5 million per year, including $5 million during the fiscal year that ends June 30.

Without the sharp increase in road maintenance money that council members approved Wednesday, Escondido would face a steadily increasing percentage of crumbling roads.

Projections created by city staff show that 42 percent of Escondido’s roads would be in failing or serious condition by 2029 if annual maintenance and paving expenditures remained at $1.7 million.

Things would get worse at the same level of expenditure because crumbling roads cost much more to repair and maintain, Julie Procopio, assistant director of public works, told the council Wednesday.

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Some of San Diego’s Worst Sidewalks

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Feb 212013
 

The Stumblr is a blog devoted to documenting some of the worst sidewalks in San Diego, California.  Some of these sidewalks would make for good X-Games ramps.

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Safety measures OK’d for San Elijo Road

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Feb 082013
 
Eastbound San Elijo Road at Eclipse Drive

Eastbound San Elijo Road at Eclipse Drive

Source: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/feb/07/traffic-safety-san-elijo-road-eclipse-san-marcos/

By Chris Nichols 10:01 a.m.Feb. 7, 2013

SAN MARCOS, CA — New safety measures are on the way for a curvy stretch of San Elijo Road in San Marcos, following complaints from residents about recent crashes near Eclipse Drive.

The stretch of road is about a mile north of San Elijo Hills elementary and middle schools.

On Wednesday night, the San Marcos Traffic Safety Commission approved plans to add: A new curve warning and speed advisory sign in the roadway’s median; new reflective covers for all new and existing traffic signs in the area; and raised pavement markers.

The citizen panel also OK’d plans to request more speed enforcement from the sheriff’s department along the 45 mph four-lane stretch of San Elijo, which has a steep grade and connects the upscale community of roughly 7,000 people to the rest of San Marcos.

Finally, the panel also approved requests for San Diego Gas & Electric Co. to install guard rails to protect company utility boxes that have been damaged in past crashes; and approved plans to install speed radar feedback signs for the area at a later date.

Residents in nearby neighborhoods lost power for several hours after two recent crashes into the utility boxes.

In the past five years, the city has logged five traffic accidents along San Elijo Road near Eclipse, which feeds into the Meridian and Mariner’s Landing residential neighborhoods of about 200 homes, according to a city report.

Causes for those accidents included unsafe speed, improper turning, drunken driving or a combination of those, the report said.

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City cruises toward Coast Highway revamp

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Jan 282013
 

Source: Ray Huard, UTSanDiego.com

Pedestrians walk past th Vintage Collectables thrift store on South Coast Highway in Oceanside on Wednesday. (Source: UTSanDiego.com)

Oceanside — Time was, the 3.1 mile stretch of Coast Highway as it passes through Oceanside from Camp Pendleton to Carlsbad was the place to be.

People came to the scenic thoroughfare, then known as Hill Street, to buy new cars and to shop.

There was no Interstate 5, so travelers heading south would stop at one of the many restaurants that lined the highway for a leisurely lunch or dinner.

John Daley’s Café 101 was one of those restaurants.

“My restaurant was put in service 85 years ago to service the people on the highway,” said Daley, a lifelong Oceanside resident.

Café 101 looks much as it did in the 1950s, with a retro car hop feel to it, serving old fashioned milk shakes, steaming chili and comfort food to die for.

Outside, it’s a different story. .

The once thriving street is now a mishmash of used car dealerships, aging motels, service stations, auto supply stores and fast food restaurants.

Daley said as many as 50,000 people drive by his restaurant at the corner of Wisconsin Street every day, many using it as an alternate route when I-5 backs up.

“I don’t have any real benefit “ from the traffic, Daley said.

That may be changing.

In February, city officials will begin to search for a consultant to develop several proposals for reworking Coast Highway in hopes of spurring a revitalization of the once vibrant area along the roadway.

The study will probably take more than a year to complete and cost about $500,000, DiPierro said. He said the city is applying for a Caltrans grant to cover up to $300,000.

Long process

An ambitious “Coast Highway Vision Plan” — which was adopted by the City Council in 2009 but never implemented — talked of turning the road into a pedestrian-friendly and bicycle-friendly boulevard with charming shops and restaurants. There would be separate business and residential areas at both ends of the highway.

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