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We are Open for Business! Improvements are coming to Grand Avenue.

Project Overview

Grand Avenue is about to undergo construction improvements! On January 10, 2022, the City will begin the Phase 1 construction of the Grand Avenue Vision Project. This page will be continuously updated with the latest information from the City. The first project concept meetings began in 2015. Learn more about the visioning and planning process for the project here

Phase 1 project renovation benefits include:

  • New string lighting (known as festoon lighting) from Maple Street to Kalmia Street.
  • New light posts on both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Kalmia Street.
  • Sidewalk widening on the north side of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Broadway.
  • Improved parking: re-striping to include diagonal parking which will increase the number of parking spots from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street.
  • Pavement resurfacing and re-striping will occur on Grand Avenue from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street during the final weeks of the project.

Escondido Grand Avenue Vision Project Map Overview Multicolor

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Note: Construction schedule may be subject to change.

1/25/2022 - Contractor will begin to install electrical conduit for new light posts on the north side of Grand Avenue. Contractor will continue drilling on south side between Maple and Broadway for the light post foundations.  

1/24/2022 - Contractor completed drilling for the light post foundations on the north side of Grand avenue and will start drilling on the south side between Maple and Broadway.  

1/21/2022 - Contractor will continue the drilling for light post foundations on north side, expected to be performed at night. 

1/20/2022 - Contractor will saw cut sidewalk on south side of Grand Avenue Between Maple and Broadway. Drilling for light post foundations on the north side expected to be performed at night.  

1/18/2022 - Between Maple and Kalmia Street the contractor will start drilling for new light post foundations. This work is expected to be done at night.

1/13/2022 - Between Maple and Broadway, the contractor has removed the decorative fence (metal railing), and will clear the area to prepare for further construction. This evening, contractor will start removing concrete sidewalk and will be working through the night.

1/7/2022 - K-rails (concrete barriers) will be removed for impacted area. K-rails remaining do not interfere with work currently performed but will be removed in March for slurry seal, and restriping of roadway.

1/6/2022 - Businesses on Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Kalmia Street are required to remove their outdoor setup areas (e.g., furniture, tents, stands, and signage) by January 6, 2022. 
K-rails (concrete barriers) will be removed after January 6, 2022.

10/28/21 - Downtown Business Association Informational Meeting held at the Ritz on Grand Avenue 5:30 p.m.

9/29/21 - City Council approved $5 million to complete Phase 2 of the project.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will construction begin and end?

Construction began on January 10, 2022 and end in March 2022. Impacted businesses are asked to remove their outdoor dining areas by January 6, 2022. K-rails (concrete barriers) will be removed after January 6, 2022.

What areas are going to be affected by the construction?

New street lights with festoon (string) lighting will be installed on both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Kalmia Street. Sidewalk will be widened on the Northside of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Broadway by about five feet. Pavement resurfacing and re-striping will occur on Grand Avenue from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street.

What is being installed or modified?

The project will permanently narrow Grand Avenue to one lane in each direction from Escondido Boulevard to Juniper Street, widen the sidewalk on the north side of Grand Ave from Broadway to Maple Street by five feet, add diagonal parking to create a net total of 45 more parking spaces, and install new light fixtures and overhead string lighting.
 

What will happen to the K-rails (concrete barriers) during construction?

Wherever the concrete barriers conflict with the construction, the barriers will be removed as necessary. After Phase I construction is complete, the barriers may be returned wherever the sidewalk was not widened. Additionally, in the areas where barriers return, a business may continue outdoor dining.

What if I want to keep my outdoor setup permanently?

The sidewalk will be widened on the North side of Grand Avenue, between Maple Street and Broadway and concrete barriers will not be returned at this location as they will no longer be required for outdoor dining. After Phase I construction is complete, the concrete barriers may be returned where sidewalk was not widened. Phase II will widen sidewalks on both sides of Grand Avenue from Maple Street to Juniper Street.

What will happen to the existing light posts?

Existing light posts in the project area will be removed and salvaged. New light fixtures will be installed at the top of 22-foot-tall light poles along with festoon (string) lighting which will cross over the street.
NOTE: Businesses with a yellow dot in front of their business must clear the surrounding area at least 10 feet in all directions.

Visit the Grand Ave Vision Project FAQ to read more. Email your questions to business@escondido.org. 

What's Next? Phase 2 Planned for 2023.

City Council approved $5M in funding for Phase II on September 29, 2021.

The City engineering team met with businesses in January 2022 to discuss Phase 2. For those business and building owners who did not attend, you will be emailed a short survey to complete about the future design of Phase 2.

Phase II is planned to widen both sides of Grand from Maple to Juniper and engineering design has not yet begun. We are currently gathering feedback from the Grand Avenue business and building owner community.

  • Engineering Design 2022
  • Construction 2023

 

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