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Temporary traffic shift on North Coast Higway to protect construction crews while completing Streetscape drainage improvements

Encinitas, CA—Starting on soon, traffic on North Coast Highway 101 between Marcheta and El Portal Streets will be shifted to the southbound side of the street to accommodate Leucadia Streetscape – Phase 1 construction. This work was previously scheduled for Monday, March 8.

What to expect:

  • Lane closures and traffic shifts are planned to move all vehicles and cyclists onto the southbound lanes to provide a safe work zone for construction crews working in the northbound lanes of North Coast Highway 101 between Marcheta Street and El Portal Street.
  • Concrete barriers will be placed to shift traffic and provide one northbound lane and one southbound lane on the west side or northbound lanes of North Coast Highway 101. Flaggers will direct traffic.
  • The work will take place in three phases with some changes to the lane closure lengths and barricade placement over the next several months.
  • Cyclists will share the lane with vehicular traffic through the work zone between Marcheta Street and El Portal Street. The City will post “Bikes May Use Full Lane” signs throughout the work zone.
  • Temporary no parking will be in place along the east side of North Coast Highway 101 starting at Marcheta Street and continuing up to El Portal Street.
  • Access to driveways along North Coast Highway 101 between Marcheta Street and El Portal Street will be maintained.
  • Construction crews will be present on-site between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.. with occasional night work to adjust lane shifts and move barricades. Please plan for delays-if driving in the area, drive safely, and share the lane with cyclists. See above for a map of the traffic control to be in place starting March 15, 2021, for pipeline construction.

The multiphase project known as Leucadia Streetscape begins with Phase 1 roadway improvements between Marcheta and Basil Streets, drainage work between El Portal and A Streets, and parking pod construction on the east side of the 101 between Marcheta and Avocado Streets. By enhancing the area’s existing charm, improving neighborhood flow, enhancing frontage of surrounding businesses and seamlessly integrating with the El Portal Undercossing project, Leucadia Streetscape will improve accessibility and mobility for all modes of transportation and reinvigorate the thoroughfare for the community. 

Phase I project components include:

  • Roundabout on North Coast Highway 101 at El Portal Street
  • Reduction of traffic lanes on Coast Highway 101 from four total lanes to two lanes
  • Connection to the El Portal Undercrossing for pedestrians and cyclists
  • New buffered bike lanes and wider sidewalks
  • Street lighting
  • Spaces to sit and gather
  • New and improved crosswalks
  • New parking on the east side of North Coast Highway 101
  • Nearly 100 new trees planted
  • Enhanced native and drought tolerant landscaping
  • New stormwater treatment through biofiltration and dispersion
  • Enhanced NCTD bus stops on North Coast Highway 101

Construction of Phase 1 is currently scheduled to conclude in mid 2022 with additional phases to be scheduled as funding allows.

Construction on Streetscape started right after work began on the El Portal Undercrossing Project, a new grade-separated railroad undercrossing for bicycles and pedestrians, between North Coast Highway 101 and Vulcan Avenue at El Portal Street. An important complement to the Streetscape project, the undercrossing will provide residents with quick and easy access to the beach and the business corridor west of the tracks and the elementary school and residences east of the tracks. The City is partnering with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to deliver the El Portal Project. SANDAG will serve as the construction manager, overseeing all aspects of construction, project schedule, and public outreach. The City of Encinitas is managing construction of the Leucadia Streetscape project.

The City of Encinitas and SANDAG co-presented a project update at the Jan. 27 City Council meeting. View a recording of the presentation.

Construction hours

Construction hours will generally be Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Crews will may adjust the traffic shift later in the evening to avoid traffic interruptions.

All driveway access will be maintained. | Frequently asked questions

The City of Encinitas values the health and safety of its community, so all precautions outlined in current public health orders related to the pandemic will be taken.

Construction alerts

The City encourages residents to visit the project website to stay informed throughout project construction: