Leucadia Streetscape Project

Phase: Project Design

Budget: Total Project: $19 Million; Preliminary Engineering: $800,000; Phase 1 Design & Construction: $5.7 Million

Contact: Stephanie Kellar, [email protected]

Location: North Coast Highway 101, between A Street and La Costa Avenue

Project Description

As one of the City Council’s high priority projects, in early 2008 the City initiated a streetscape project, commonly known as Leucadia Streetscape, to enhance the North Coast Highway 101 corridor. Community input has been utilized to create a concept plan for beautification, landscape, pedestrian, circulation, traffic management, and parking improvements for an approximately 2.5-mile stretch of North Coast Highway 101 (A Street to La Costa Avenue).   The project includes sidewalk, curb, gutter, enhanced crosswalks, raised medians, roundabouts, bike lanes, increased parking options, and landscaping elements.

At the December 15, 2010 City Council Meeting, Council directed staff to move forward with the implementation of Refined Phase 1 of the project plan, which includes all project elements along North Coast Highway 101, between A Street and North Court.  Refined Phase 1 also includes a roundabout at El Portal, as well as a roundabout at La Costa Avenue.

On September 11, 2013, City Council authorized the Director of Engineering & Public Works to enter into agreement with RBF Consulting to provide professional design services for Refined Phase 1 of the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape Project.  Design efforts are currently underway and engineering plans are being prepared in order to initiate the environmental phase of work.

October 8, 2015 Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping and Citizen Participation Meeting 

On October 8, 2015, the City hosted an EIR Scoping and Citizen Participation Meetings, held back-to-back at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center. The meeting included the presentation of proposed revisions to the project for off-street parking areas and a crosswalk at the southern leg of the Leucadia Blvd/North Coast Highway 101 intersection. The meeting also included an opportunity for the public to provide input and/or comments on the scope of the EIR. 

Draft 30% Plans were provided at the meeting for public review, and are available for viewing online: http://archive.ci.encinitas.ca.us/weblink8/browse.aspx?startid=731011. Please note that this large file will open slowly. 

Notice of Preparation Comment Period Ends 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 29, 2015 

Due to the time limits mandated by state law, public input and responses for the EIR scope must be sent at the earliest possible date, but not later than 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The EIR prepared for the proposed project will analyze the environmental effects of the project and will focus on aesthetics, hydrology/water quality, land use, public services and facilities, and transportation/circulation. Other required sections of CEQA will be addressed including cumulative impacts and project alternatives. 

June 5, 2014 Open House Exhibits:

On June 5, 2014, the City hosted an informational open house at the Encinitas Library, providing an opportunity for the community to learn how the concept level plans approved in 2010 are being transformed into engineering plans that will be utilized for the construction of Phase 1 of the streetscape project.  Please click on the links below to view the exhibits provided at the workshop:


Project Schedule


Streetscape Project Schedule

Project Updates

City staff presented an update to City Council at their regularly scheduled meeting on April 8, 2015 at 6pm.  Click here for meeting information: City Council

The preliminary engineering plans were for design review in August 2014.  The design process is anticipated to take approximately 18 months.  

An informational open house was held on Thursday, June 5, from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the Encinitas Library to provide an opportunity for citizens to learn about how the concept level plans approved in 2010 have been transformed into drawings that will be utilized for construction of the Streetscape project.  The open house format will allow for review of preliminary engineering plans, original concept plans, project history and timelines at your leisure.  City and Consultant staff will be available throughout the evening to answer project-related questions.

On September 11, 2013, City Council authorized the Director of Engineering & Public Works to enter into agreement with RBF Consulting to provide professional design services for Phase 1 of the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape Project, which also includes the roundabout at La Costa Avenue.  

Background

As one of the City Council’s high priority projects, in early 2008 the City initiated a streetscape project to enhance the North Coast Highway 101 corridor.  Community input has been utilized to create a concept plan for beautification, landscape, pedestrian, circulation, traffic management, and parking improvements for an approximately 2.5-mile stretch of North Coast Highway 101 (A Street to La Costa Avenue).  

This page contains links to information about the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape capital improvement project and will be updated periodically. Here you will have access to draft documents, exhibits, photographs, public notices of workshops and hearings, city staff reports, and more as the project proceeds through the design and permit process. To date, four workshops and additional public meetings and presentations have been held to receive citizen input in developing the project design. 

Next Steps

As directed by Council, staff initiated the required discretionary permit process which includes a Design Review Permit, Coastal Development Permit and an amendment to the General Plan, Local Coastal Program and the North 101 Corridor Specific Plan (N101SP).  North Coast Highway 101 is classified as a Major Arterial (four-lane roadway) in the Circulation Element of the City of Encinitas General Plan and depicted in cross sections of the N101SP as a four-lane roadway.  Given the three lane configuration for Plan 4A, an amendment to the General Plan and N101SP roadway classifications are deemed appropriate.  As the General Plan and N101SP are components of the Local Coastal Program, an amendment to the Local Coastal Program is also necessary.  

Additional traffic analysis and preliminary designs are being completed by project consultants in order to address comments received from CALTRANS and the City of Carlsbad. 

In 2012, the City completed the irrigation and planting of 101 trees along the North Coast Highway 101 Corridor.

The project is now managed by the Engineering & Public Works Department.  The design phase of work is underway and is anticipated to be complete in 2015.

December 15, 2010 City Council Meeting 

On December 15, 2010 staff presented phasing options for a Refined Phase 1 to extend certain elements throughout the corridor focusing on walkability, the tree canopy, and traffic calming measures.  Council directed staff to move forward with implementation of the Refined Phase 1 for the improvements associated with Plan 4A for the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape Project as summarized below.  Council also directed that the initial tree plantings be increased to 101 trees.

Phasing Improvement Chart

RECOMMENDED PHASING IMPROVEMENT 

DESCRIPTION 
A Street to North Court Implement/construct all the improvements associated with the approved concept plan/Alternative 4A from A Street to North Court.
La Costa Roundabout
Construct the roundabout at La Costa Avenue.

Hawk Pedestrian Crossings
Install the infrastructure to accommodate the future Hawk Pedestrian Crossing signals concurrent with construction of any other improvements.
Road Diet Striping Stripe the Northbound Traffic lanes with a Road Diet – extending from North Court to Bishop’s Gate (Sea Bluff entrance).
Tree Plantings Provide tree plantings and irrigation systems where possible without conflicting with future phases of work.
Grandview Avenue Roundabout Initiate discussions with NCTD to obtain authorization for encroachment into NCTD right-of-way.

 

City Council Agenda Report, December 15, 2010
City Council Meeting Video, December 15, 2010
Phasing Plan 

January 13, 2010 City Council Meeting 

The project was presented to the City Council on January 13, 2010.  Staff and the project consultant gave an overview of the entire process, the project plan alternatives, emergency response and the traffic analysis.  Dan Burden a walkable communities and project facilitation expert was also in attendance to present traffic calming concepts and design criteria.  Council directed staff to move forward with Plan 4A as the preferred alternative and initiate the required discretionary permit process including an amendment to the General Plan, Local Coastal Program and the N101SP.  Council also directed staff to evaluate the project phasing and return with a refined Phase 1 that focuses on walkability, the tree canopy, and traffic calming measures.

City Council Agenda Report, January 13, 2010
City Council Meeting Video, January 13, 2010

Concept Plans 

Alternative #4A-1
Alternative #4A-2
Alternative #4A-3
Alternative #4A Street Section A,A1,B
Alternative #4A Street Section C,D
What is reverse angle parking?
Accessible on-street reverse and parallel parking
What is a pedestrian controlled “Hawk” signalized crosswalk? 

Questions?

Please contact Stephanie Kellar, Associate Civil Engineer by phone at 760/633-2839 or by e-mail at [email protected] with any questions and/or comments you have regarding the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape project.