Following three years of technical studies and input from the community, the Carlsbad City Council decided Tuesday to take the next step on a series of traffic and safety improvements to the area around Carlsbad Boulevard and Cannon Road.
Of four choices, the City Council decided to pursue a roundabout at the intersection of Cannon Road and Carlsbad Boulevard and leave the traffic signal at the intersection of Cerezo Drive and Carlsbad Boulevard. The project also includes other street improvements, added parking and enhancements to the bluff top across from the power plant.
The stretch of Carlsbad Boulevard between the power plant and Palomar Airport Road has long been a challenge for neighbors, walkers, bikers, commuters and city traffic engineers. It’s the only way to access the coast in this area, making it heavily traveled, yet it also cuts through a neighborhood with driveways emptying right onto the road.
The project team developed four options for the Cannon and Cerezo intersections with Carlsbad Boulevard, including roundabouts, traffic signals, and one of each. All four met the project’s goals of improving safety, traffic flow, parking and access for walkers and bicyclists.
Here’s a video showing the differences between the options.
Based on neighbor input, the City Council also directed to project team to leave the center turn lane on Carlsbad Boulevard between the two intersections with Shore Drive.
The project will now undergo environmental analysis, which is expected to take six to nine months. The final project and results of that analysis will then be presented to the city’s Planning Commission for approval. Construction is not expected to begin until late 2021.