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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.