Encinitas CA – On Oct. 21, 2020, the Encinitas City Council voted unanimously to award a construction  and support contracts for Phase 1 of the Leucadia Streetscape Project, a series of  improvements to preserve and revitalize Highway 101 and provide improved accessibility to the area, whether in a car, on a bike or on foot.  

After evaluating all submitted bids and proposals, staff recommended Granite Construction Company as the construction contractor, and Psomas to manage and inspect the construction, to the Encinitas City Council for approval. Granite Construction Company is one of the 25 largest contractors in the United States and recently was awarded the adjacent El Portal Bike and Pedestrian Undercrossing construction project.  Psomas is a west coast-based, multi-disciplinary engineering firm that has recently managed similar streetscape projects in Coronado and Beverly Hills.

“We are so pleased to move forward with construction of Phase 1 of Leucadia Streetscape, a project that represents more than a decade of collaboration between City staff and the residents and businesses of Leucadia. We’re also grateful to have the support and partnership on this project from Leucadia 101 Mainstreet Association,” said City of Encinitas Development Services Director Lillian Doherty. “It’s important for the City to invest in these improvements now, at a time when our community needs it the most. Projects like Leucadia Streetscape not only improve the quality of life for our community members, but also contribute to our economic recovery.”

Next Steps

The first phase of Leucadia Streetscape will start in late 2020/early 2021 with improvements between Marcheta and Basil Streets along North Coast Highway 101. Following contract award, the project team will finalize the construction schedule, begin outreach and mobilize the construction team to prepare for groundbreaking. 

Construction on Leucadia Streetscape will start right after work begins on the adjacent El Portal Undercrossing, a new grade-separated railroad undercrossing for bicycles and pedestrians, east of North Coast Highway 101 at El Portal Street. The City of Encinitas funded this project and partnered with SANDAG to manage construction of El Portal due to their knowledge of adjacent City and regional projects, and experience managing rail projects of this magnitude. They will serve as the construction manager, overseeing all aspects of construction, project schedule, and public outreach. More information about the project is available through SANDAG’s website.

The Leucadia Streetscape Project construction cost for Phase 1 is $8.99 million. Funding for Phase 1 has been provided by the City’s general fund and SANDAG’s TransNet funds, which is the region’s half cent sales tax for local transportation projects. 

Virtual Open House

The City and SANDAG are hosting a virtual open house for both the Leucadia Streetscape Phase 1 and El Portal Bike and Pedestrian Undercrossing projects in November 2020.  Team members from both projects will provide an overview of the projects, construction schedules and take questions from attendees. 

In addition to the open house, the City will provide updates to the public throughout construction in the following ways:

  • Website: Visit www.encinitasca.gov/streetscape for project information.
  • Phone:  Call 760-555-2222 with any questions and a team member will respond within 48 hours.
  • Email:  Email [email protected] with questions or requests and a team member will respond within 48 hours.

Construction Details

  • Preliminary construction activities, like moving equipment to the site and utility re-location, will begin late 2020.
  • Active construction is tentatively planned to start early 2021 and is expected to take approximately 14 to 16 months to complete.
  • Regular construction hours will be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., with occasional night and weekend work.
  • Those who live in the area or visit the surrounding neighborhoods will notice construction-related noise, increased construction vehicle traffic, detours and lane and road closures during construction.
  • Businesses along North Coast Highway 101 will remain open during construction.

Overview of Phase 1 Improvements

The Leucadia Streetscape Project includes a number of improvements aimed at preserving and revitalizing 2.5 miles of North Coast Highway 101. The initial project improvements in Phase 1 include:

  • Roundabout on North Coast Highway 101 at El Portal Street
  • Connection to the El Portal Bike and Pedestrian Undercrossing, which will begin construction in late 2020.
  • New protected bike lanes and wider sidewalks
  • Street lighting
  • Spaces to sit and gather
  • New crosswalks
  • Nearly 100 new trees
  • Enhanced landscaping
  • New stormwater treatment through biofiltration
  • Better access for businesses
  • Enhanced bus stops on North Coast Highway 101