Islands at the beach? Yes, but these islands aren’t in the water, but along Carlsbad Boulevard.
Beginning Monday construction crews will pour concrete for new which are raised medians along Carlsbad Boulevard to make it easier for people to go to and from the beach.
The work began last Friday and should be complete just in time for the Memorial Day weekend and the traditional start of summer.
The islands are part of a program to install high-visibility crosswalks at six intersections between Carlsbad Village Drive and Tamarack Avenue — Oak, Pine, Sycamore, Maple, Cherry and Hemlock avenues. Five of the intersections — all except Pine — will receive the pedestrian islands in the center of Carlsbad Boulevard, giving pedestrians a place in the middle of the road where they can stop halfway across.
The city also will install warning signs. The sixth location, Pine Avenue, has a traffic signal, so improvements will include installation of a high-visibility crosswalk. Other changes include allowing traffic to only turn right, or northbound, when exiting Oak, Sycamore, Maple, Cherry and Hemlock onto Carlsbad Boulevard, and placing crosswalks on the south side of the intersections, to prevent pedestrians from crossing in front of vehicles making those turns.
The pedestrian safety improvements are evenly spaced so that every other intersection will have a crosswalk and median island, and the adjacent intersection on either side will allow full access for motorists. The improvements are part of Carlsbad’s “livable streets” concept, which acknowledges that streets are an important part of the livability of today's communities and ought to be for everyone, whether traveling by car, bike or on foot.
The city awarded a contract in the amount of $44,000 to Portillo Concrete Inc. to make the improvements. The city’s Construction Management & Inspection staff will direct the project.
–City of Carlsbad