Taking It to the Streets

The City of Vista has received a $2.8 million grant from the State Water Resources Control Board to supplement the storm water and green street improvements within Phases II and III of the downtown Paseo Santa Fe Streetscape Improvement Project. The City’s vision for the project is to fill the area encompassing S. Santa Fe Ave. between Vista Village Dr. and Civic Center Dr. with retail shops and restaurants topped with living spaces in order to revitalize the downtown area. The City’s grant application was selected as one of the 27 projects recommended by the State Board.

Phase I of the project began in May 2014 and was completed in April 2016. Extending from Main St. to Ocean View Dr., S. Santa Fe Ave. was reconfigured from four lanes into two lanes, all overhead utilities were placed underground, and storm drain improvements were added. Other upgrades included wider sidewalks, new streetlights, pedestrian furniture, and landscaping. The City’s first roundabout was constructed at Eucalyptus Ave. and S. Santa Fe Ave. as well. Phase II extends from Ocean View Dr. to Terrace Dr. and includes construction of street improvements and a roundabout at Guajome and Terrace Dr. Design is underway with construction expected to begin this year. Phase III extends from Terrace Dr. to Civic Center Dr. and includes construction of physical improvements and a roundabout at Pala Vista Dr. This phase of the project is currently in design.