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More than a highway, the 101 corridor and its surrounding blocks are also a destination, the heart of a City, and a community gathering space with a distinct sense of place. For more than a decade, coastal cities and community leaders have spearheaded multiple planning, design and capital improvement projects along the 101 corridor while strengthening the village cores of those communities.

Last month, Del Mar approved the Village Specific Plan, paving the way for a greater mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly environment and innovative parking strategy. Solana Beach is currently underway with a series of 101 traffic calming improvements, part of a $5 million Highway 101 West Side Improvement Project grant from SANDAG. Encinitas, too, has recently completed mixed-use infill projects and has embarked on a North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape Project. And Carlsbad has just received active transportation grants from SANDAG to implement a Bike Friendly Business District and has launched a City-funded effort to revitalize the area and bring more foot traffic to the downtown village.

Does this mean that other coastal cities will get roundabouts like Bird Rock? Will narrowing the roadway to create sidewalk cafes and bike lanes make the 101 a traffic nightmare or a top destination? These and other proposals are underway and considered by many as necessary measures required to keep the 101 corridor, its surrounding areas, and the cities around it vibrant and economically prosperous.

Are you aware of all that is going on in North County Coastal Cities? The Cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Carlsbad are getting it done!