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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Traffic Alert: Prospect and Cottonwood

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Relocation of the traffic signal at Prospect and Cottonwood avenues beginning Monday, Nov. 24 will require motorists to be cautious at that intersection for the next few weeks.
While the new signal is being installed, the intersection will be controlled by three-way stop signs and flashing red beacons.  “Stop Ahead” signs also will be posted at the approaches to the intersection.

The new traffic signal is expected to be up and running by mid-December.
The existing traffic signal must be moved to make way for street improvements that have been underway on Prospect  Avenue since January.

Workers are currently installing conduit beneath the surface so the overhead electric wires can be placed underground. They’re also pouring curbs, gutters, sidewalks . The work is being done between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Motorists should be aware that the speed limit in the “cone zone” is 25 m.p.h. and traffic fines in that area are subject to being doubled.

Questions about the project can be directed to Senior Civil Engineer Toby Espinola at 619-258-4100 ext. 174.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Prospect Avenue Project Update

Friday, November 14, 2014

 The storm drain along the 10600 block and they're continuing the undergrounding of the overhead power lines.

Water lines are being installed at Prospect Avenue and Ian Way.

Concrete curbs, gutters, sidewalks and driveways will continue to be poured from Cottonwood Avenue east towards Railroad Avenue.  Please avoid driving and walking on the fresh concrete to allow the concrete to properly cure.

On Saturday, the north portion of asphalt on Prospect Avenue (Cottonwood to Railroad) will be ground out. Repaving will take place through Friday.  The same process will occur in the center section of the street between 10611 and 10728 Prospect Avenue.

Work days and hours will be Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m.to 6 p.m.

Please observe the 25 mph speed limit within the construction zones.  Traffic fines will be doubled within the construction zone. 

If you have any project related questions, please feel free to contact Toby Espinola, P.E., City of Santee, 619-258-4100 x 174.


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bird of the Month: Rufous-sided towhee

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The rufous-sided towhee (also called the spotted towhee) is about seven inches in length. It has red-brown eyes, long black tail feathers and a small pointed black bill.

They can be found in Santee’s riparian areas and also in the coastal sage scrub on the hillsides. It prefers dense shrubs to nest and forage under. They also like oaks and tall shrubs to perch on.

They like to forage for insects and seeds in the leaf litter. During the breeding season birds eat mainly insects or other arthropods high in protein. The rest of the year they eat mostly seeds and berries. They even eat acorns.