Since 2008, the City of Encinitas has been developing a major streetscape project, commonly known as Leucadia Streetscape, to enhance mobility, parking, and traffic calming along the North Coast Highway 101. The Leucadia Streetscape project includes many elements to increase pedestrian and bicycle use, add approximately 1,000 new trees with the preservation of 92.5% of the existing tree canopy for a total of 1,113 trees along the corridor. Project planners worked closely with the community to create a plan that encourages community engagement, space for community gathering, sidewalk dining and retail spaces, as well as outside public seating and public art.
When completed, Leucadia Streetscape will provide the Encinitas and Leucadia community with more pedestrian-oriented opportunities for both daytime and nighttime activities. It will require the installation of street lighting that offers residents safety and security at all hours. The streetlamps will feature a unique and vintage feel that’s reflective of the Leucadia community’s unique character.
Traffic calming improvements will also be added to enhance the pedestrian experience. Lane narrowing and diagonal parking will increase existing parking by approximately 25%. This project will also create wide, well-marked bike lanes to allow for bicycle riders at every skill level.
Finally, sections of the project area will be dedicated to “art nodes” which will be installed throughout the N. Coast Hwy 101 corridor. These nodes will feature public art, community seating and spaces for people to gather. The project roundabouts will also offer new space for public art and native landscaping.
Groundbreaking is scheduled to begin in Spring 2020.
To view the Leucadia Streetscape project history and timeline, click here.
Additional information about Leucadia Streetscape can also be found on the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association’s website at https://www.leucadia101.com/about/streetscape.
Questions regarding Leucadia Streetscape can be directed to Paul Brencick with the City of Encinitas at (760) 633-2614 or email at [email protected]