A $1.2 million project to make San Clemente’s Avenida del Presidente a safer route to Concordia Elementary School is off to a late start, but officials say it should be completed by the end of November.
The project figures to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety along a two-lane road that parallels I-5 through south San Clemente. Work was to have begun in May but, due to contractual complications, didn’t begin until Aug. 4.
During construction, parents and children who walk or bicycle to school using Avenida del Presidente are asked to use extra caution and to detour around construction zones when possible. To minimize impacts, the installation of sidewalk segments is being phased.
Project highlights include:
- Building a continuous sidewalk along the southbound side of Avenida del Presidente for its entire length, eliminating sidewalk gaps between Avenida Valencia and the south city limits.
- Installing curb extensions at 11 intersections, designed to slow traffic that turns onto side streets and shorten the distance pedestrians must walk to cross the street.
- Resurfacing the street.
- Restriping the street to provide wider bicycle lanes with painted buffers.
Ben Parker, senior civil engineer for the city, said the work will require periodic closures of southbound bicycle lanes so the contractor can install sidewalks. “These closures should be relatively short, because the contractor is required to construct the sidewalk in phases to lessen the impacts to the public,” Parker said via e-mail.
Once the sidewalks and curb extensions are built, the road will be resurfaced with a Slurry Seal coating. Restriping will widen the bicycle lanes from 5-foot to 6-foot, Parker said.
“The slurry sealing and striping phase normally takes a few days to slurry and a few days to stripe following a one- to two-week slurry curing period,” he said.