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Last week the city of Dana Point began median work on Pacific Coast Highway. The work on the northern end of downtown is one of the final construction aspects of phase one of the city’s Town Center/Lantern District infrastructure project. When work is complete, in late-August or early-September, PCH will be made into a two-way road. Photo: Andrea Papagianis
Last week the city of Dana Point began median work on Pacific Coast Highway. The work on the northern end of downtown is one of the final construction aspects of phase one of the city’s Town Center/Lantern District infrastructure project. When work is complete, in late-August or early-September, PCH will be made into a two-way road. Photo: Andrea Papagianis

By Andrea Papagianis

A drive down Pacific Coast Highway as it snakes through Dana Point will soon be a bit different as the city enters its final construction stages to return the street to a two-way roadway.

Median work on the northern end of downtown has commenced, meaning the city of Dana Point is nearing completion of its first phase of the Town Center/Lantern District infrastructure project. With phase one coming to an end, the South Coast Water District picks up work on Del Prado Avenue to install new sewer and water lines. SCWD will also install a recycled water line for La Plaza Park.

By the end of August or early September, median work and repaving on PCH is expected to be finished, at which time two-directional traffic will be reinstated, said Brad Fowler, the city’s director of public works and engineering. The city will then move to finish work on the north end of Del Prado Avenue, which will remain a one-way street for the time being.

While the City Council has approved spending $7.7 million to complete infrastructure work on Del Prado, including installing new bus pullouts, parking spaces and medians, a contractor has not yet been selected and no construction timeline has been set.

The water district’s work is expected to last through December.

Track construction using the water district’s hotline at 949.499.4555 ext. 6 or visit www.scwd.org. Also, sign up for construction alerts by emailing ssharke@danapoint.org.

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comments (2)

  • every time I have driven through dana point some idiot has forced me to nearly have an accident when they find themselfs driving toward a big STUPID CURB IN THE CENTER LANE, UM IS DANA POINT CITY COUNCIL THE DUMBEST MORONS ON THE PLANET? It would appear to be true. Ill say this when I get hit by some idiot trying to avoid the gigantic curb in the middle lane I promise to sue dana point morons and get that SUPER STUPID MEDIAN IN THE MIDDLE LANE DEMOLISHED.
    That median shows how Stupid dana point city council is.
    help me petition against this city council that is full of super stupid people.
    I cant wait til it causes bigger problems than these morons could forsee and I hope they all get sued and fired. Yeah you stupid city council members you.

  • I cant believe how stupid this median is. Come drive north through dana point and have an accident, because they are going to have an accident everyday im guessing.
    I havent been able to drive through there 1 time without almost getting hit by someone.
    my god how do super stupid people get control of something like this?

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