Escondido’s Bear Valley Parkway widening project. Photo via

County of San Diego and city of Escondido officials marked the official end of an important road-widening project Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The $16 million construction project widened a one-mile stretch of Bear Valley Parkway to four lanes, added bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and traffic signals, and undergrounded overhead utility lines. Work crews also improved drainage in the area.

County Supervisor Dave Roberts, who represents the area, said the two-year project will provide environmental benefits and make it safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

“It’s a great thoroughfare, so we are reducing congestion so people can get through — their cars don’t have to idle,” Roberts said. “There used to be great backups along this road.”

Most of Bear Valley Parkway, which runs from the Westfield North County mall up the east side of Escondido to Valley Center Road, has had four lanes for years.

The stretch between San Pasqual Valley Road and just north of Boyle Avenue had remained a two-lane roadway until the project was completed.

— City News Service

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