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San Marcos, CA — The Vallecitos Water District is hiring an asphalt repair contractor to repair a portion of southbound San Elijo Road just south of Baker Street/Cooke Street on October 2nd between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. One southbound lane will be closed. Schools, businesses and residents may experience increased truck and equipment traffic, minor traffic delays, lane closures, odors and noise during the work.

For more information and to view the latest updates, go to www.vwd.org or call 760-744-0460.


San Marcos goes back to school -Traffic delays expected during daily commute

Traffic delays expected during daily commute

As the summer winds down, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools along with California State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session this week, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays during their daily commute.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way. In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next five years.

Planned projects include Improvements to the intersection of Las Posas Road and Mission Road near Palomar College and the transit center; Construction of two new bridges to replace Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street; San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street intersection improvements; and construction of Twin Oaks Trail north of Borden Road.

During the school year and periods of roadway construction, motorists should drive with caution in and around work areas, and provide ample time to reach destinations safely and on time.

To learn more about capital improvement projects in San Marcos, visit www.san-marcos.net/cip.

Rancho Santa Fe Road makeover to continue through summer

Motorists should expect delays from La Mirada Drive to Security Place

Rancho Santa Fe Road makeover to continue through summer

After a brief construction pause, work on the $3 million Rancho Santa Fe Road makeover will continue through the summer.

Beginning the week of Monday, April 17, north and southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane along sections of Rancho Santa Fe Road as follows:

  • April 17 to April 21:          La Mirada Drive to Linda Vista Drive
  • April 24 to April 28:          Linda Vista Drive to 1st Street
  • May 1 to May 19:             1st Street to Security Place
  • May 22 to May 24:           La Mirada Drive to Security Place

Delays should be expected during peak hours and prolonged lane closures will affect normal traffic. Heavy equipment will be on the street within constructions zones and flagmen, where needed, will be directing traffic to ease congestion. Although two-way traffic will be maintained, traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during construction. Commuters should plan ahead by leaving early to arrive at their destinations on time.

During construction, businesses will remain open and work will be coordinated to minimize obstruction to shopping center access. Residents and businesses directly affected by the street restoration will receive advanced notice of work.

“We appreciate continued patience from motorists, businesses and schools during these important repairs,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “While this work will create temporary inconveniences getting around town, these much needed repairs pave the way for lasting improvements.”

As crews work to finish these major improvements, motorists can continue to expect intermittent southbound and northbound single lane closures through June. Delays in the schedule may occur due to inclement weather.

With an anticipated completion of summer 2017, the major facelift is restoring the roadway and extending the life of the driving surfaces along Rancho Santa Fe Road from Lakeridge Drive to Descanso Avenue. Some portions of the roadway require pavement removal and replacement, while other segments need surface grinding prior to the final pavement overlay.

“Traffic flow is important to our residents and keeping city streets in good condition keeps motorists moving and improves overall traffic safety,” said Griffin.

For more information, updated schedules and anticipated traffic impacts, visit www.san-marcos.net/roadwork or call Associate Civil Engineer Isaac Etchamendy at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3273. Traffic alerts will also be published to the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Extensive road safety improvements coming to The City of San Marcos


Extensive road safety improvements coming to The City of San Marcos

As part of the City’s ongoing commitment to continuously improve road safety and traffic flow, construction will begin early next year and continue over the next five years to keep motorists moving, especially along the Highway 78 corridor.

While many of these projects will bring short-term traffic impacts and inconvenience, the work paves the way for long-term improvements that will provide access enhancements that are critical to overall traffic safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Here is an overview:

Intersection Safety Upgrades: Spring 2016. Intersections throughout the city that have the highest collision rates will receive safety improvements in this federally funded project.  Speed feedback signs will be installed at various roadway curves throughout the City to help reduce speeding and minimize accidents in which cars run off the road.  Also, starting in late 2017, the San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street intersection will be improved to handle more traffic.

New traffic light: Summer 2016. A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of South Santa Fe Road and Smilax Road to make it safer to cross through the intersection. Work will being in summer 2016.

State Route 78 widening: Spring 2017. Work to widen Highway 78 between Woodland Parkway and Twin Oaks Valley Road interchanges will add east and westbound auxiliary lanes to make it easier to enter and exit the highway in this area.

Traffic Management Center upgrades: Spring 2017. Improvements to the City’s traffic management system will provide better backup power to the Traffic Management Center (TMC) that will ultimately enhance traffic signal timing during disaster-related evacuations or extended power outages. This project also will include upgrades to improve communications with the traffic signal system for better signal synchronization.

East Mission Road fiber optic project: Spring 2017. To improve traffic signal coordination along the 78 corridor, including Woodland Parkway and out to Escondido at Nordahl Road, the City will complete “backbone” fiber optic cable on arterial streets throughout San Marcos by Spring 2017.

Citywide traffic signal system Ethernet conversion: Spring 2017.  This federally funded project will significantly enhance the capacity of the fiber optic communication system. The conversion will improve monitoring and adjusting of traffic signal timing and coordination to enhance overall traffic flow and safety on city streets.

Woodland Parkway interchange improvementsSummer 2017. To improve traffic circulation and vehicle capacity, the Woodland Parkway/State Route (SR) 78 interchange will receive much needed enhancements. Barham Drive between Cal State San Marcos and the interchange will be widened and realigned. This project also includes widening of Woodland Parkway under the freeway, improving on- and off ramps, and makes other circulation improvements. In the same area, SR-78 will be widened to accommodate future HOV lanes planned for 2025.

Palomar Station Pedestrian Bridge: 2018. A new pedestrian bridge will provide a safe connection over Mission Road between the Palomar Station SPRINTER transit stop and the Palomar College bus hub.  The project will also add a direct pedestrian connection between the transit-oriented development just to the south and Palomar College. Funds come from a federal grant, developer contributions and the City.

To learn more about these and other traffic safety and road work projects, visit www.san-marcos.net/cip

Several streets in San Elijo Hills set for San Marcos City maintenance work – Questhaven-Double Peak Drive etc.

Several streets in San Elijo Hills set for maintenance work

The City of San Marcos has announced that several streets in the community will receive routine maintenance in the coming weeks as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to maintaining its roadways.

Several streets will receive a two-part process of a scrub seal followed by a slurry seal. Other streets in need of less maintenance will receive just the slurry seal. A scrub seal applies liquid asphalt to the existing roadway surface then covers that with aggregate rock called chip. The slurry seal process gives a street a smooth black finish. This type of maintenance to city streets significantly extends the life of existing pavement by protecting the undersurface from the effects of aging and the environment.

Notices will be mailed to affected residences and ongoing information will be posted on the city’s website, www.san-marcos.net (click “Road Work” on the homepage). Residents may sign up to receive traffic e-alerts as the project progresses, and/or they may choose to follow updates on the city’s Facebook and Twitter feeds. Affected residences and businesses will also receive door hangers 72 hours prior to any scheduled work on their street and temporary no parking signage will be placed on streets 48 hours in advance of the work start date.

The work is being done by Pavement Coatings Co. The work will take place over four weeks beginning late September to early October.

Affected roads are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Group No. 2 — Slurry Seal Only

Double Peak Drive — San Elijo Road to Double Peak Park 
Elfin Forest Road — Crescent Place to City/County Limits 
Questhaven Road — San Elijo Road to City/County Limits 


Weekly Schedules by Street
WEEK 4 SCHEDULE — October 17 to 21
WEEK 5 SCHEDULE — October 24 to 28
— Week 5 revised map (uploaded 10/22/12)

For more information, please call San Marcos Communications Officer Jennifer Windle at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3169


San Marcos Pavement road work to start July 28

Pavement improvements to several heavily traveled roadways in San Marcos will begin on Monday, July 28. Improvement work will continue into early September. The work is being done to improve the ride quality and to extend asphalt pavement life on important thoroughfares in the City.

Work will take place on the following roadway segments:

  • Rancho Santa Fe, between Broken Rock Road and Highway 78
  • San Marcos Boulevard, between Rancho Santa Fe Road and Twin Oaks Valley Road
  • Grand Avenue, between San Marcos Boulevard and Rancho Santa Fe Road
  • Twin Oaks Valley Road, between Highway 78 and San Marcos Boulevard and between Craven Road and Barham Drive

Much of the road work will take place during off-peak traffic periods including weekends, nights and in-between weekday morning and afternoon rush hours in order to minimize the impact on traffic. Although the roadways will remain open, there will be lane closures during construction.

Motorists are advised to expect delays and to use caution when traveling in these areas.

The first phase of the improvement work will include micromilling the street surface. Micromilling is a process that smoothes the road surface to improve ride quality. Once the micromilling is complete, crews will apply a slurry seal to preserve and protect the pavement.

For more information, please call the City’s department of public works at (760) 752-7550.