Build NCC Project Update #7

Construction Crews Break Ground on Cardiff by the Sea Segment of the Coastal Rail Trail

Construction broke ground on the Encinitas segment of the Coastal Rail Trail in the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea this month. Community members should expect to see construction crews removing vegetation, verifying the location of underground utilities, installing fencing around environmentally sensitive areas, and placing temporary concrete barrier around the project site.

Parking along the bluff will be temporarily removed on San Elijo Avenue, between approximately Santa Fe Drive and Verdi Avenue, and community members may experience intermittent traffic delays. When complete in early 2019, the new Class I bikeway will provide a 10-foot-wide paved path between San Elijo Avenue and the coastal rail line from Chesterfield Drive to Santa Fe Drive.

Beach Sand Replenishment Begins at Fletcher Cove

In late April, crews began pumping beach-quality sand from the San Elijo Lagoon onto Fletcher Cove Beach in Solana Beach. This work is anticipated to take approximately four weeks to complete. In that time, crews will deliver approximately 146,000 cubic-yards, or 42 Olympic-sized swimming pools, of sand from the lagoon to reinforce and replenish the shoreline. Beach replenishment operations will take place 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

During beach replenishment work, beach-goers can expect limited access around work areas and nearby residents and businesses can expect intermittent noise and lights from construction equipment.

San Elijo Lagoon Double Track Update

Crews continued to make progress on the San Elijo Lagoon Double Track Project as new track was installed north of Chesterfield Avenue. Additionally, crews began to remove the temporary work platform that was built across the San Elijo Lagoon’s inlet to allow the construction of a new, double-tracked concrete rail bridge alongside the more than 60-year old wooden trestle bridge. A significant amount of this work was completed during the recent Absolute Work Window (AWW) that took place the weekend of April 21-22. AWWs are planned weekends where rail service is temporarily suspended to allow crews to meet significant construction milestones. temporarily suspended to allow crews to meet significant construction milestones. Crews perform thermite welding in preparation of the San Elijo Lagoon Double Tracking

Work on Manchester Avenue and Interstate 5 continues

Further east, crews continue to relocate utilities in advance of a planned traffic shift on Manchester Avenue at Interstate 5 (I-5). In early May, crews expect to shift all traffic lanes slightly to the north onto a newly paved piece of road to allow them space to work on the south side of the road. A series of previous nighttime closures of Manchester Avenue near the interchange allowed crews to complete significant portions of this utility work, which also will support the replacement of the San Elijo Lagoon Highway Bridge.

What’s Upcoming?

Below is a snapshot of construction activities taking place in May:

  • Highway Improvements
  • Continuing work to relocate utilities on Manchester Avenue.
  • Paving Manchester Avenue and the northbound and southbound on the on- and off-ramps.
  • Rail Improvements
  • Completing the San Elijo Lagoon rail bridge structure.
  • Completing the San Elijo Lagoon rail bridge structure.
  • Installation of new railroad track in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Environmental Improvements
  • Dredging operations within the San Elijo Lagoon’s central basin. Pumping sand onto Fletcher Cove Beach in Solana Beach to replenish the shoreline.
  • Bike and Pedestrian Improvements

Conducting preliminary construction activities for the Coastal Rail Trail bike path along San Elijo Avenue between Santa Fe Drive and Chesterfield Drive.
Continuing work on new retaining walls for improved bike and pedestrian facilities at Encinitas Boulevard and Santa Fe Drive under I-5.

During construction, crews will take all reasonable steps to minimize noise and other impacts to nearby residents. Your patience during construction is appreciated.

Motorists are reminded to Be Work Zone Alert, Move Over a lane when safe to do so and slow down when highway workers are present with amber lights flashing. Also be sure to keep our region clean and consider adopting a highway here.

If you find yourself in need of assistance, call, “511,” and ask for, “Roadside Assistance.” Access real-time traffic info through any of these resources: 511SD,Caltrans QuickMap, WAZE, or Google Maps. Please note: construction schedules are subject to change.


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May 9, 2018