RANCHO SANTA FE — The county of San Diego will soon begin the street improvements at the awkward intersection of Via de Santa Fe and La Granada to make it a more easily traversed four-way intersection in the heart of the village of Rancho Santa Fe.
“Construction will begin in June and should be finished by September,” Associate Planner Liz Avalon told the Association at its May 20 meeting.
She said that although businesses and residences will remain accessible throughout the process, street parking in the immediate area will be prohibited.
“There will be phased road closures and detours around the construction activities on portions of La Granada and Via de Santa Fe adjacent to the intersection,” she said.
“We were assured that the businesses would have access to their parking lot throughout the construction, although there may be a few days when access to the underground parking and market loading docks are limited,” she said.
— Phase 1: Four to six weeks with La Granada closed to through traffic, which will be detoured to Via de Santa Fe.
— Phase 2: Four to six weeks with Via de Santa Fe (north of the intersection) closed to through traffic. Traffic will detour to La Granada.
— Phase 3: Four to six weeks, Via de Santa Fe south of the intersection will be the focus of construction, but flaggers will keep on lane open at all times, she said.
She said the county will pay for the project which includes the realignment of the intersection, curb, gutter, sidewalk, replacing driveway connections and the conflicting utilities.
Afterward, the Association will install landscaping.
The project was conceptually approved by the Association in 2000 and later incorporated into the Village Streetscape plan. It will cost the county about $320,000.
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