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Virtual community meeting on Leucadia Streetscape Phase 1 Project and El Portal Undercrossing set for Nov. 17

The City of Encinitas and the San Diego Association of Governments will host a virtual community meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., to provide information to the community about the Leucadia Streetscape and El Portal Undercrossing projects. The link to the meeting will be posted on the day of the event at: https://sandag.mysocialpinpoint.com/ElPortal

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The City, in partnership with SANDAG, is starting construction in late 2020 on the El Portal Undercrossing project, a new pedestrian rail undercrossing at El Portal Street in the Leucadia community, and Phase 1 of the Leucadia Streetscape project, a series of coastal improvements to preserve and revitalize North Coast Highway 101. The Streetscape project’s El Portal roundabout provides the essential pedestrian connectivity component to the El Portal Undercrossing project.

Together, these projects will bring the community’s vision for this area to life by: enhancing mobility within the rail corridor, increasing accessibility to the coastline, adding parking and traffic calming measures in the project area, and preserving and revitalizing Coast Highway 101.

About the community meeting

The City and SANDAG are hosting this meeting together since Leucadia Streetscape and El Portal are starting construction around the same time and in roughly the same project area.

Both projects are funded by the City of Encinitas. However, two different teams are managing construction. SANDAG will manage all construction activities and public outreach efforts associated with construction of El Portal. The City will manage all construction activities and public outreach efforts associated with construction of the Leucadia Streetscape.

At the meeting, City and SANDAG staff will share information about both projects, the construction schedules and how to stay updated throughout construction. There will also be an opportunity for community members to ask questions through the online engagement platform.

Stay connected

Following the meeting, a recorded version of the presentation will be posted online to both SANDAG and City project webpages.

In addition to the community meeting, the City and SANDAG will provide updates to the public throughout construction in the following ways:

Websites: www.encinitasca.gov/streetscape (Streetscape) or www.keepsandiegomoving.com (El Portal)

Project hotline: Call 760-512-3800 with questions about both projects and a team member will respond within 48 hours.

Email: Email streestcape@encinitasca.gov (Streetscape) or LOSSANRail@KeepSanDiegoMoving.com (El Portal) with questions or requests and a team member will respond within 48 hours.

About the projects

El Portal Undercrossing project benefits and amenities include:

New under-the-tracks crossing connecting the Paul Ecke Central Elementary School and neighborhoods east of the tracks with Highway 101 businesses and the coastline

Enhanced rail, cyclist, and pedestrian safety

Improved access and circulation around railroad tracks

New ADA compliant sidewalks and walking paths

Additional storm water control to prevent erosion and flooding

Enhanced landscaping

Public artwork and wayfinding signage

The El Portal Undercrossing Project fact sheet and FAQ are available through the online engagement platform for both projects.

Leucadia Streetscape project benefits and amenities include:

Roundabout on Coast Highway 101 at El Portal

New bike lanes and wider sidewalks

Street lighting

Spaces to sit and gather

Improved crosswalks

Restoration of historic tree canopy (nearly 100 new trees planted)

Enhanced landscaping

New stormwater treatment through biofiltration

Better access for businesses

Enhanced bus stops on Coast Highway 101

The Leucadia Streetscape fact sheet and FAQ are available through the online engagement platform for both projects. — News release


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