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Timeline to reopen major Del Mar road after bluff collapse pushed back

Posted at 11:42 PM, May 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 08:31:32-04

DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV) - The timeline to reopen Jimmy Durante Boulevard in Del Mar has been pushed back to June 4 at the earliest.

At Monday’s City Council meeting, city officials said they planned to meet with San Diego County Fair officials on Tuesday. They will discuss a traffic plan as Jimmy Durante Boulevard is a main artery into the fairgrounds.

The fair opens May 31 before the road is expected to reopen.

The northbound lanes of Jimmy Durante Boulevard, north of Luzon Avenue, closed in late April following a bluff collapse.

Del Mar city leaders were hoping to get it reopened by Memorial Day, but a series of complications pushed the timeline back. The schedule could get further delayed due to weather and the Memorial Day holiday.

The cost of cleanup and stabilizing the cliff is expected to cost close to $1 million. The city council voted to declare a local emergency which would allow the city to qualify for federal emergency funds to supplement the cost.

The cause of the bluff collapse is still under investigation.