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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Preparations are underway to begin construction Jan. 9 at the Rue Des Chateaux and Beech Ave. entrances. Construction details are below.
Construction is currently scheduled to begin on Jan. 9 at the entrances located at Rue Des Chateaux and Beech Ave.
These two entrances will be closed to the public during construction.
The work is phased so that all other entrances will remain open during construction 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.
Improvements in all seven entrances will be completed at the end of May 2018.
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. The agenda and staff report for the Oct. 24, 2017 meeting can be found here. You can also check out the latest visual simulations for the project.
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