Nighttime Delays Expected Next Week On SR-78 at Nordahl Road


SAN  DIEGO – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) expects traffic  delays  next week as both directions of State Route 78 (SR-78) may be  closed  for five consecutive nights at the Nordahl Road Bridge starting Sunday,  March  25 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Motorists are urged to avoid the area.

Caltrans said the work is necessary to prepare for the future demolition of the  east side of the Nordahl Road Bridge. Traffic delays are also expected
on  Nordahl  Road  during  these closures. The nighttime work will generate more noise in the area.

Motorists  traveling  in this construction area will be detoured to exit at the Nordahl Road off-ramp then reenter SR-78 at the Nordahl Road on-ramp.

The  closures  may  be  rescheduled  if  weather  or construction materials availability plays a role.

For  more information on this project, call the Project Information Hotline at (858) 668-3368 or log-on to

Contact for media inquiries: Construction Information Officer Matt Norton Phone: (858) 668-3368

Media Advisory

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Michelle Geller (760) 839-4587

In response to recent media reports regarding city fees related to the towing of impounded vehicles, Escondido City Manager Clay Phillips issued the following statement today saying, “The City made every effort to ensure the towing fees we established reflect our costs.  However, to address questions raised by the media, I have asked the Finance Department to conduct a review of our towing fees. I expect I will have that review by March 29th.”


Traffic Advisory for Nordahl Bridge


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Motorists are advised that traffic will be shifted to the west side of the bridge to prepare

for the demolition of the east side of the bridge. This shift is scheduled to be in place the

morning of Tuesday, March 13.


The lanes on the bridge will be stripped to reflect this traffic shift to allow two lanes in

each direction and one left-hand turning lane. Please use caution driving through the

area and be aware that:

 - the bridge’s lanes will be narrower

- one of the two left turn pockets from the bridge to SR 78 will be temporarily removed

- one of the two left turn lanes from northbound Nordahl Road to the shopping center at

  Montiel Road will be temporarily removed

- all of the bridge’s on and off ramps will be reduced to one lane


In addition to this traffic shift, pedestrians and bicyclists will have access on a temporary pedestrian bridge and will not travel on the existing Nordahl Bridge.

 For construction updates, questions and road closure information, log-on to or call the Interstate 15 Project Information Hotline at (866) 890-1397.



Informational Meeting on Proposed Water Distribution Facility


Contact:Christopher W. McKinney, 760-839-4090

The Escondido Utilities Department will hold a public informational meeting on March 15, 2012 about the proposed Water Distribution facility near Mayflower Dog Park.  The meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the Grove Room at the East Valley Community Center, 2245 East Valley Parkway. 

The format of the meeting will be a variety of informational displays and city staff will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.


Traffic Advisory for North Broadway Due to Sinkhole


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Escondido city officials are advising motorists to avoid North Broadway near Escondido High School (1535 N. Broadway) due to emergency road repairs caused by a sinkhole in the center of the road.  Travel lanes will be reduced to just one lane both northbound and southbound.  The repairs are expected to take 2-3 days.

 The sinkhole was discovered by Escondido Water Division personnel late yesterday and metal plates were installed until repairs could begin. It is approximately 5 feet wide by 8 feet deep and was caused by a collapsed storm drain that runs under the road.


Community Workshop to Discuss General Plan Update

Escondido is updating its General Plan and Downtown Specific Plan, as well as developing a Climate Action Plan. These documents will establish goals and policies regarding the city’s future. Public input continues to be a very important part of the process. Our first Community Workshop was held on February 16, 2012.  Please join us at our second workshop and share with us your thoughts about the planning efforts to date.

Tues., March 6, 2012

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

City Hall Mitchell Room

201 N. Broadway

Escondido, CA 92025

If you can’t attend the workshop but would like to provide input, and/or to view the Draft General Plan, Draft Downtown Specific Plan, Draft Climate Action Plan, and Draft Environmental Impact Report, go to the following Web site, or call Jay Petrek at (760) 839-4556.

If you belong to a community organization and would like a member of the Planning Division to discuss the General Plan at your meeting(s) call Jay Petrek at the phone number above.

If you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact our ADA Coordinator at (760) 839-4869.  Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility.
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Construction to begin on Maple Street Plaza


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Construction will begin on the Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza in downtown Escondido beginning Monday, February 27, 2012.  During construction Maple Street between Grand Avenue and Valley Parkway will be closed to thru traffic except for the bank entry on Maple.   The alley crossing also will be closed. Pedestrian traffic will be allowed.

The project includes decorative concrete pavers, colored LED lighting, a large central oak tree with compass rose, water feature, numerous art features, trellis gateway and a traffic signal at West Valley parkway and Maple. A new alley access will be constructed from the existing public lot to the alley at the south west corner.  When the project is completed Maple will be a north bound lane only and no parking will be allowed on Maple Street.

The contractor is LB Civil and the project is expected to be completed in August 2012.



City Council Awards


Contact: Joyce Masterson, 760-839-4621

Congratulations to the following people who received a City Council Award at the State of the City Address on February 8, 2012:

Carina Courtright

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap

Assistance League of Inland North County

Community Beautification
Cole Preston and Michael Rosenburg

Community Spirit
Escondido Mounted Posse

Historic Preservation
Carol Rea

Wayne Louth

Youth Leadership
Jose Jimenez


City's General Plan Update, Downtown Specific Plan Update and Climate Action Plan Now Available For Public Review


Contact: Jay Petrek (760) 839-4556

After a multi-year process involving extensive citizen and staff involvement, the City of Escondido’s Draft General Plan Update, Downtown Specific Plan Update and Climate Action Plan are available for public review and comment. The Draft Environmental Impact Report that assesses these documents is complete.  Its 45-day public review/comment period is January 13 – February 27, 2012.

Hard copy documents are available to review and purchase at the City Hall Planning Division (201 N. Broadway) and for review at the Public Library Reference Desk (239 S. Kalmia Street). An electronic copy is available the City’s General Plan Web page at .


A Planning Commission workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24 at 7 p.m. and a City Council workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, February 1 at 4:30 p.m. Both meetings will be held in City Council Chambers located at 201 N. Broadway and are open to the public. No decisions will be made at these workshops.  The intent is to provide information and receive public input and direction. Additional public meetings are anticipated during the spring and summer of 2012 and will be separately announced.