The City of Carlsbad is working on a number of projects to make it easier to get to the beach and have a better experience when you get there. One way we’re doing this is to improve the seven public beach entrances and stairs along Ocean Street from Oak Avenue north.
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Improving these beach entrances to make them more attractive and inviting has taken longer than anticipated and the construction schedule has been updated. The Rue Des Chateaux and Beech Avenue entrances were substantially completed and reopened in time for the Memorial Day holiday. The Carlsbad Village Drive entrance was substantially completed in time for the Independence Day holiday.
Rather than start construction on multiple remaining beach entrances during the busiest portion of the summer season, the city put on hold the improvements at the Grand Avenue, Oak Avenue and Christiansen Way entrances during the summer months, and resumed after the Labor Day weekend. The Cypress Avenue entrance was substantially completed in early September, and the Oak Avenue entrance was substantially completed in early December.
Improvements were substantially completed at the Rue Des Chateaux entrance in mid-May.
Improvements were substantially completed at the Cypress Avenue entrance in early September.
Improvements were substantially completed at the Oak Avenue entrance in early December.
Construction began at the Grand Avenue entrance in early September and improvements will be completed in late December.
Construction began at the Christiansen Way entrance in mid-December and improvements will be completed in mid-January.
Only the entrances under construction will be closed to the public during the project.
The work is phased so that all other entrances will remain open during the project, to maintain public access to the beach.
Regular construction hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Those who live in the area or visit the surrounding neighborhood regularly may notice construction-related noise and increased construction vehicle traffic.
Upon completion, the new features will make the entrances more inviting, safer and easier to find.
August 2017: The Carlsbad City Council approved detailed site plans, landscaping plans and construction documents for the project, and authorized going out to a public bid for the construction of the project. The complete staff report and visual simulations can be found here.
December 2015/April 2016: The city gathered community input on draft conceptual designs through public workshops and an online survey. Reports on the input received and workshop presentations are posted on the city's website.
August 2016: The conceptual plans for the project were approved and the Planning Commission issued a Coastal Development Permit for the project.
November 2016: The City Council approved a contract with a local landscape architectural firm to develop the site/landscape plans and construction documents needed to build the improvements.
October 2017: The City Council awarded a contract with a local engineering and construction firm to build the improvements.
January 2018: Construction began at the Rue Des Chateaux and Beech Avenue entrances.
March 2018: Construction began at Carlsbad Village Drive entrance.
May 2018: Improvements were substantially completed at the Rue Des Chateaux and Beech Avenue entrances.
July 2018: Improvements were substantially completed at the Carlsbad Village Drive entrance.
September 2018: Improvements were substantially completed at the Cypress Avenue entrance. Construction began at the Grand Avenue entrance.
October 2018: Construction began at the Oak Avenue entrance.
December 2018: Improvements were substantially completed at the Oak Avenue entrance. Improvements began at the Christiansen Way entrance.
Make the stairs, railings and landings more attractive and inviting
Provide amenities like bike racks, benches and trash/recycling receptacles
Add lighting, crosswalks and other safety features
Create places to stop and enjoy the view
Make entrances easier to find
Beautify the entrances with drought tolerant landscaping and design features
Improve privacy, security and aesthetics for neighboring properties