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San Marcos goes back to school

As the summer winds down, San Marcos students are headed back to school. With elementary, middle and high schools back in school this week and Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College back in session later this month, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays during their daily commute.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way.

In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next five years.

Ongoing and Planned projects include traffic management system enhancements, upgrades to the city’s traffic signal communication network to high-speed Ethernet, traffic controller replacements, and citywide installation of LED safety lighting. Traffic signal improvements are also planned for Rancho Santa Fe Road and Grandon Avenue and intersection improvements at San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street.

Over the next five years, plans are also in place to reconstruct the State Route 78 overcrossing at Woodland Parkway, reconfiguration of on/off ramps, and the widening of Woodland Parkway, Barham Drive and Rancheros Drive. The City is working with Caltrans on completing the design of this project. Future funding and total project costs are still being determined based on ongoing discussions between the two agencies.

During the school year and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.

To learn more about planned traffic management improvements, visit www.san-marcos.net/trafficmanagement. Residents are encouraged to sign up to received city news, traffic alerts and information about programs and services by visiting, www.san-marcos.net/alerts and by following the City on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at the handle, @sanmarcoscity.

San Marcos Fire Department responds to a small vegetation fire

San Marcos Fire Department responds to a small vegetation fire

At approximately 9 am on Friday, Aug. 17, the San Marcos Fire Department responded to a small vegetation near 2430 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road. Crews contained the blaze to a 50 by 50-foot area and extinguished the fire by approximately 10 am.

While brief evacuations were issued out of an abundance of caution, no injuries or significant damage has been reported. The fire’s cause is currently under investigation; there have been unconfirmed reports of a discarded cigarette thrown from a vehicle according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

Eastbound S. Rancho Santa Fe Road at Las Flores Drive will be closed until noon so that the Fire Department can clear partially burned trees and mop up the area.

 

This fire serves as a critical reminder of the importance of wildfire preparedness. All homeowners must maintain 150 feet of defensible space and residents should have an emergency plan in place.

To learn more about emergency preparedness, visit www.san-marcos.net/beprepared. To learn more about preparing your home for wildfire, visit www.san-marcos.net/wildfiresafety.

Major roadway repairs to continue along San Marcos Boulevard beginning August 6th

Major roadway repairs to continue along San Marcos Boulevard beginning August 6

Significant traffic delays anticipated; motorists encouraged to use alternate routes

Post Date: 08/03/2018 12:15 PM

Beginning Monday, August 6 at 5 am through Monday, August 20, motorists can expect multiple lane closures along eastbound San Marcos Boulevard from Viewpoint Drive to Knights Realm and westbound  San Marcos Boulevard from Knights Realm to Rancho Santa Fe Avenue. These closures will accommodate major roadway repair work resulting from a water main break that occurred on Tuesday, July 24.

Mapped traffic alert for San Marcos Boulevard on July 30Both turn lanes onto southbound Rancho Santa Fe Road from westbound San Marcos Boulevard will also be closed to traffic. To access southbound Rancho Santa Fe Road, detours will be in place directing traffic to make a U-turn at Viewpoint Drive and Acacia Drive.

In order to complete all repairs in advance of the fall school year, extended construction hours have been approved and will be 5 am to 8 pm, Monday through Saturday.

Although through traffic will be maintained along San Marcos Boulevard, intermittent detours may be added throughout the construction period to help keep traffic moving. Closures will change frequently and the durations will vary due to the amount and complexity of the required roadway repairs.

Standard traffic control measures with advanced warning signs and pedestrian detours will be in place. Traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes whenever possible.

Motorists are urged to follow all traffic control measures and drive with caution through the work area; delays in the schedule may occur.

According to Vallecitos Water District, the water main break was caused by a decades-old corroded pipe.

For more information about the water line and roadway repairs, contact Vallecitos Water District at (760) 744-0460 or www.vwd.org. Questions about traffic control plans can also be forwarded to the San Marcos Public Works Inspection Division at (760) 744-1050.

 

San Marcos, CA: City refinances bonds to save San Elijo Hills taxpayers $3.9 million

Good New Update from The City of San Marcos – This summer, the City of San Marcos refinanced $20.6 million of bonds that will save some property owners money on their Mello-Roos taxes that help pay for important things like grading, streets, utilities, parks, and trails.

Property owners in the San Elijo communities of Saverne, Azure, Cambria, Woodley’s Glen, Crest View, Waterford, Village Square and Westridge will see an average annual savings of $120 to $450 per residence on a portion of their property tax bill next year. The bond refinancing will collectively save residents in these neighborhoods about $3.9 million over the life of the bonds.

The refunding reduced the net interest cost from 4.82 percent to 3.55 percent and was accomplished without extending the term of the bonds.

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Water line repair work along San Marcos Blvd. to continue beginning July 30

Beginning Monday, July 30 at 7:30 am through the late evening, motorists can expect lane closures along eastbound San Marcos Boulevard from Viewpoint Drive to Knights Realm to accommodate water line repair work by Vallecitos Water District.Both turn lanes onto southbound Rancho Santa Fe Road from westbound San Marcos Boulevard will also be closed to traffic. To access southbound Ranchos Santa Fe Road, detours will be in place directing traffic to make a U-turn at Viewpoint Drive.

Although through traffic will be maintained along San Marcos Boulevard, intermittent detours may be added throughout the construction period to help keep traffic moving.

Standard traffic control measures with advanced warning signs and pedestrian detours will be in place. Traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to follow all traffic control measures, drive with caution through the area and use alternate routes if possible; delays in the schedule may occur.

For more information about the water line repairs, contact Vallecitos Water District at (760) 744-0460 or www.vwd.org.

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Mapped traffic alert for San Marcos Boulevard on July 30 

Traffic Update: S. Twin Oaks Valley Road reopens to through traffic; lane closures remain in place

After a water main break on Thursday, July 19 forced full lane closures along, S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, lanes reopened to through traffic on Friday, July 20; however, motorists can expect continued northbound lane closures along S. Twin Oaks Valley Road between Barham Drive and Campus Marketplace. In addition to the lane closures, southbound left turn lanes at Campus Marketplace remain closed.

According to Vallecitos Water District, the water main break was caused by a corroded pipe; however, the cause of the corrosion is still under investigation.

Crews are currently working to repair the water main and are expected to begin restoring the roadway throughout the evening of Friday, July 20.

Asphalt restoration is expected to begin Saturday, July 21 from 4 am to 5 pm. As work progresses, northbound lane closures will shift and a single southbound lane closure will be in place.  The far left northbound lane of S. Twin Oaks Valley Road and the southbound turn lane at Campus Marketplace will remain closed while crews complete necessary median restoration.

Standard traffic control measures with advanced warning signs and pedestrian detours will be in place. Traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to drive with caution, follow all traffic control and use alternate routes if possible.

All water main and roadway repairs are expected to be completed by 4 pm on Sunday, July 22 with all S. Twin Oaks Valley Road lanes reopening by 5 pm of the same day. Delays in work schedule may occur.

For more information about the main break, contact Vallecitos Water District at (760) 744-0460 or www.vwd.org.

For more information about traffic control in place, contact the San Marcos Public Works Inspection Division at (760) 410-4433. For the latest lane closure information, visit www.san-marcos.net/roadwork.

S. Twin Oaks Valley closed at Cal State San Marcos due to water main break- 07/19/2018 5:00 PM

Due to an unexpected water leak, S. Twin Oaks Valley Road near California State University San Marcos is closed in both directions as crews work to assess the situation and complete repairs. Expect delays and detours for several days.

Motorists are urged to drive with caution, follow all traffic control measures, look for alternate routes and avoid the area if possible.  Updates will be posted as they become available at www.san-marcos.net/roadwork.

For more information about the main break, water quality or other water issues, contact Vallecitos Water District at (760) 744-0460 or www.vwd.org.

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