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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Public Meeting on Prospect Avenue Corridor Enhancement

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The city of Santee is hosting an informational meeting to update the public on the Prospect Avenue Corridor Enhancement Project from to on Thursday, June 7.

The meeting, which will be held at Prospect Avenue Elementary School, will allow the public a chance to view maps and other informational materials about the project. City staff and project consultants will be on hand to explain the project and answer questions.

“This is an opportunity for residents and business owners to learn about this exciting effort to improve the appearance, safety and mobility of this key east-west corridor along Santee’s southern boundary,” said Carl Schmitz, a principal civil engineer and project manager.

The $25 million project, which is currently in the design phase, calls for upgrading a mile-long section of  Prospect Avenue between Magnolia Avenue and Cuyamaca Street.

Proposed improvements include adding sidewalks, curbs and gutters, along with attractive but water-wise landscaping. Overhead utility wires will be undergrounded and utility poles removed. New street lighting will be installed and storm drains will be upgraded to eliminate flooding. On-street parking and bicycle lanes will be provided on both sides of the street. Traffic signals will be upgraded and a dual left-turn lane will be added.

“These comprehensive enhancements will not only improve the appearance, they will also make travel safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicular traffic,” Schmitz said.

Construction is expected to start in late 2013 or early 2014, and will take approximately a year to complete.

The project is funded by revenue from the city’s redevelopment tax area, which was recently eliminated by the state.

The city is hoping the extensive facelift of Prospect Avenue will attract firms seeking to relocate their corporate headquarters and foster the redevelopment of job-creating businesses and industrial parks.

Prospect Avenue offers premier access to air and ground transportation. It is ideally situated at the confluence of three major freeways and is adjacent to Gillespie Field, the county’s largest general aviation airport.

Contact: Carl Schmitz at (619) 258-4100 ext. 175 or cschmitz@ci.santee.ca.us

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