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Vegetation clearing to begin in the San Marcos Creek are to pave way for future construction

Vegetation clearing to begin in the San Marcos Creek are to pave way for future construction

The City of San Marcos will be clearing areas around the San Marcos Creek south of San Marcos Boulevard from the end of December 2018 through February 2019 in preparation for the upcoming construction of the San Marcos Creek District Bridge Project.

The City of San Marcos will be clearing areas around the San Marcos Creek south of San Marcos Boulevard this month in preparation for the upcoming construction of the San Marcos Creek Bridge Project. The vegetation removal will take place from the end of December through February from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays. Location of this work is from San Marcos Boulevard south to Discovery Street and State Route 78 (SR 78) west to Discovery Street near San Marcos Lake.

No lane, sidewalk or driveway closures are anticipated for this work, but motorists are urged to use caution when driving through the work zone and be aware of trucks entering and exiting. Residents and businesses in the area may experience noise from mowers and chainsaws during work hours. The City is making every effort to minimize environmental impacts in the area by using hand tools to clear vegetation without disturbing the ground.

Although construction of the bridges is expected to begin in Fall 2019, the clearing and grubbing are taking place in advance of the spring bird nesting season, which will also help prevent potential construction delays. The contractor will begin mobilizing equipment in the days leading up to the start of work.

Construction on two new bridges expected to begin fall 2019

Expected to break ground in fall 2019, the San Marcos Creek District Bridge Project will add the needed infrastructure to relieve long-standing flooding issues and improve traffic circulation while also revitalizing and conserving the San Marcos Creek.

The project will include two new bridges that span Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz, a promenade trail connecting the two bridges, as well as bike, pedestrian and signal improvements on Discovery Avenue at Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz. Funding includes federal, state and local sources and the city is expected to advertise for construction in spring 2019.

To learn more about the San Marcos Creek Bridge Project, visit www.san-marcos.net/creekbridges or call the City of San Marcos at (760) 744-1050.

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City of San Marcos Roads near San Marcos Creek may close during rainstorm

Roads near San Marcos Creek may close during rainstorm
Bent Avenue, Via Vera Cruz and Discovery Street may be affected

San Marcos street closures are expected along portions of S. Bent Avenue, Via Vera Cruz and Discovery Street in the coming days due to forecasted rains. These closures are common during any type of rain event and the city is not concerned about significant erosion or debris flows at this time.

If needed, streets will be closed in the following order (status updates will be posted below):

  1. Bent Avenue between San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street
    Status: CLOSED—flooded signs have been posted and closure expected to until rain conditions lighten
  2. Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street
    Status: OPEN
  3. Discovery Street between Via Vera Cruz and S. Bent Avenue
    Status: OPEN
  4. Discovery Street between San Marcos Boulevard and La Sombra Drive
    Status: OPEN

All closures will be clearly marked and alternate routes will be provided. Motorists should use caution when driving through these areas and allow extra travel time to accommodate slowing due to wet road conditions.

Please be advised that road closures and alternate routes may change without notice.

The City of San Marcos is offering residents free, fill-your-own sandbags for San Marcos residents to help protect personal property from flooding and soil erosion.

The sandbags can be filled and picked up at the southwest corner of the Public Works Division parking lot, 201 Mata Way; maximum 20 bags per resident.

As we head into the predicted El Niño season, residents are urged to prepare properties now by using mulch or terrace the slopes and plant groundcovers and shrubs to keep them from eroding. For more El Niño preparedness resources, visit www.san-marcos.net/elnino.

For more information about road closures, sandbags or to report flooding, call the city’s Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550.