Top Capital Improvement Projects
The Department of Public Works Engineering Services Division continually strives to improve and maintain our public infrastructure. Capital improvements include road, bridge, wastewater, stormwater, airport and other projects that serve the public good and help ensure safe and thriving communities. The listing below is a small sampling of some of the projects being planned, already in the works, or recently completed.
DPW's Multi-Year Road Resurfacing Program: The County of San Diego (County) Department of Public Works (DPW) maintains nearly 2,000 centerline miles of roads in unincorporated San Diego county. In April 2017, the Governor approved Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) to address a statewide funding gap for road maintenance. DPW has developed an expanded Annual Road Resurfacing Program to improve roads, roadway drainage, sidewalks and other roadway facilities within the unincorporated county. Each year the program hires prive contractors to resurface more than 130 miles of roads. For additional information on DPW's Road Maintenance Program to increase the average Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of all unincorporated county roads to 70, please visit DPW's Annual Roadway Resurfacing Program webpage.
Cajon Air Center: Gillespie Field is a general aviation airport, owned and operated by the County of San Diego (County), and is located within the municipal limits of the City of El Cajon and the City of Santee. The County is currently redeveloping a vacant 70-acre site located in the southeast corner of Gillespie Field, known as the Cajon Air Center, to help meet the forecasted regional demand for aviation infrastructure and facilities. The Cajon Air Center project is being implemented in multiple phases based on available funding from the FAA. The major components of the Cajon Air Center development include drainage and stormwater improvements, utility relocatin, road improvements, new aircraft parking areas and taxiways, and grading of buildable aviation-use lots. Phases I and II have been completed.
Cajon Air Center III Project includes the permanent closure of Airport Drive and the installation of a new transident apron and a taxilane in the northwest corner of the development area. The transient apron would provide an area where aircraft could be parked, unloaded or loaded, refueled , or boarded. The taxilane whould provide a ramp from the aircraft parking area to the taxiway. Completion of Phase III wil provide airport users access between the new transient apron area and connection points to Taxiway Delta, which intersects all three airport runways. It will also provide access to the runup areas for the airport taxiways and provide an addtional 29 parking spaces for various aircraft sizes. Project is currently in construction.
Bradley Avenue Widening Project will widen Bradley Avenue from west of Magnolia Avenue to east of Mollison Avenue, including replacing the bridge over State Route 67. Utility relocations are currently underway in preparation for the Bradley Avenue Widening Project. The project wil be constructed in two phases. Phase I consists of widening the portion between just east of Graves Avenue and Mollison Avenue from two to four lanes. Phase II will tie into Phase I completion, and it wil include replacing the bridge over State Route 67 and improve the on and off ramps.
Cajon Air Center Phase II Project improved the airfield drainage system by connecting the Cajon Air Center Phase I detention basin to the existing drainage system. The project also improved the runway object free areas (ROFA) and runway safety areas (RSA) on the airfield. The ROFA is an area surrounding the runway that must be kept free of any objects above ground level to provide adequate aircraft wing-tip clearance. The RSA is a designated area surrounding the runway that serves to enhance safety in case an airplane overruns the runway. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified this drainage project as a priority and federal grant funding was received. Project was completed in December 2020.
Dehesa Road at Harbison Canyon Road Intersection Improvement Project consisted of traffic signal installation and road widening to provide turn lanes. The project also included the replacement and extension of storm drains, constuction of new sidewalks and bioswales. Project was completed in June 2020.
Fuerte Drive at Alzeda Drive Intersection Improvements Project included realignment along Fuerte Drive and widening at the intersection of Fuerte Drive and Alzeda Drive to accommodate a left turn pocket and improve sight distance and drainage. Project was completed in September 2019.
Ammunition Road Sidewalk Improvements Project consisted of installing curb and gutter, sidewalk, and retaining wall. Project was completed in July 2020.
Winter Gardens Boulevard Sidewalk Project included the construction of curb ramps, curb and gutter, cross gutter, traffic signal, driveways, and sidewalk. Project was completed in November 2020.