Traffic is moving a lot more smoothly through Valley Center now that two more lanes are open on the main road between Escondido and Valley Center.
In recent years we’ve experienced a tremendous increase in population and road use here. So the County of San Diego Department of Public Works is making major improvements to this once narrow, windy road.
Valley Center is a major highway infrastructure project, accomplished in two phases.
The first phase began in November of 03, and was completed in September two years later.
Phase two began in December of 05 in includes bridge reconstruction, major drainage improvements and traffic signal reconstruction. Also three lanes are being widened to four, with striping and in some places landscaping. There are also new bike lanes and pathways.
But it’s also more than just building roadway and bridges. On the environmental side, numerous oak trees were carefully dug up and transplanted. Construction in certain areas was scheduled around the breeding seasons. And to add the final aesthetic touches, utility companies are putting their lines underground, out of sight.
And the four lanes now open - all the way from Woods Valley Road to Cole Grade road, including the connecting intersections.
The final completion for the entire Valley Center Road Project is scheduled for mid-summer.
Check this site for news on other DPW infrastructure projects beginning this summer.