County supervisors will consider scheduling a public hearing for Nov. 6 that would detail plans to put overhead utilities underground as part of the San Vicente Road Improvement Project at the board meeting on September 25.
The hearing would allow the public and supervisors to communicate before the board considers approving the undergrounding project. The board would need to vote for the creation an Underground Utility District specifically for the project.
The estimated $4.2 million cost of undergrounding the utilities will covered by SDG&E and other utility companies following a California Public Utilities Commission rule that calls for utilities to cover costs of undergrounding along scenic or highly trafficked roads.
Plans for the San Vicente Road Improvement Project include widening and realigning 2.25 miles of the road. The road improvement project, requested by the community and endorsed by the Ramona Community Planning Group, will improve road safety by reducing the number of curves and improving sight distance.
Bike lanes and a multi-use pathway will also be constructed. Construction is scheduled to start in March 2014 and expected to take about 18 months to complete.