Espola Road Safety Improvements Project

August 18, 2021 Update

The utility undergrounding is nearing completion. Cox recently cutover their system from overhead to underground and has removed all their overhead wires within the undergrounding districts. AT&T is wrapping up the last of their undergrounding work and anticipates removing their overhead wires shortly after cutting over their system to underground. Once all wires have been removed, SDG&E will come in and remove the utility poles. That process is anticipated to take two to three weeks to complete.

The construction contract for the pathways portion of the project was awarded to Tri-Group Construction at the July 20th City Council meeting. Staff has been working diligently with the contractor to be ready to start construction as soon as the utility poles are removed. A neighborhood meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, August 24th at 6:00 p.m. to address questions that nearby residents may have regarding the project.

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 is 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 decomposed granite pathway, new asphalt berm, grouted rock surface parkway, lodgepole fencing, and retaining walls.  

The utility undergrounding will begin 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 includes installing cables in new underground conduits and working on utility connections for individual properties along the undergrounding route. SDG&E will complete the installation of their underground cables first, followed by Cox and AT&T. 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 the summer of 2021.

While the utility undergrounding is taking place, the city will work with the design consultant to revise the 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 2021 and take approximately six months to complete.

Project Updates

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