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This page highlights some of the major construction projects happening in Carlsbad. It does not include projects from non-city utilities and private development. See the look ahead map.

Because construction work is very dynamic, schedules can change for a wide variety of reasons, such as weather, availability of supplies and other factors.  If we expect a project to have a significant impact, we typically notify those in the immediate vicinity 72 hours in advance.

For projects along major roadways, you can look for digital message boards for notices about upcoming work that could cause delays or detours. 

Although construction can cause temporary inconveniences, the good news is that we’re maintaining and improving our infrastructure year-round, and by keeping things up to date, we save money in the long run by avoiding emergency repairs. Regular maintenance also helps ensure you don’t experience a last-minute water shut off or road closure.

Highlighted streets projects

Highlighted water/wastewater/drainage projects

15-year project plan

The city's Capital Improvements Program maps out major projects and how they will be funded. Each year, the City Council approves this plan along with the city budget. See project map.


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    • Safe seaside strolling thumbnail

      Safe seaside strolling

      The improvements build on safety features already in place to support safe walking, biking and driving along our coastline.

      04/15/2024 1:51 PM

    • Traffic safety progress update

      Traffic calming explained (and how you can sign up)

      The city has a traffic calming program designed to address neighborhood concerns about speeding in Carlsbad.

      03/29/2024 9:33 AM

    • Photo of water poured into a glass

      Maintaining water supply

      Everyone knows about faucets and pipes, but there is another key piece of infrastructure that makes it possible to get water at home when you turn on the faucet.

      03/04/2024 9:08 AM

    • Safer Streets car sticker

      Tamarack improvements making a difference

      On Tuesday night, the City Council decided to hold off on pursuing a long-term redesign of Tamarack Avenue, recognizing the effectiveness of existing traffic calming measures and responsibility of conserving funds for unknown future construction costs.

      02/29/2024 10:36 AM

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      Smart water use

      Whenever we see significant rain here in Carlsbad, it’s usually followed by someone saying, “well, we need the water.” While we do always need more water, rain falling in Carlsbad doesn’t have as significant of an effect on our long-term water reliability as you might think.

      02/23/2024 9:24 AM

    • Safer Streets car sticker

      Long-term redesign Tamarack Avenue discussed at City Council

      The Carlsbad City Council will discuss proceeding with a more long-term, permanent change to redesign Tamarack Avenue from Carlsbad Village Drive to Carlsbad Boulevard on Tuesday, Feb. 27.

      02/23/2024 8:48 AM

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      New pickleball courts coming

      Just three and a half months after approving an updated Parks & Recreation Department master plan that showed the increasing popularity of pickleball in Carlsbad, the City Council has approved locations for the design and construction of eight new outdoor courts.

      02/15/2024 9:00 AM

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      Robertson Ranch Park designs

      The City of Carlsbad is asking the community to weigh in on three potential design concepts for Robertson Ranch Park, the city’s newest park, planned for the corner of Cannon Road and El Camino Real.

      01/29/2024 6:30 PM

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      Sand on our beaches

      The latest storms have done a number on our beaches, washing precious sand out to sea and, in some cases, leaving nothing but a bed of rocks behind. This is typical for winter months, with some sand returning during the summer.

      01/18/2024 4:10 PM

    • Road striping explained newsroom

      New striping, same rules of the road

      The city’s transportation staff presented an update to the City Council Tuesday on several projects, including the resurfacing and restriping of major east-west roadways.

      01/12/2024 12:59 PM

    • Road striping explained newsroom

      Explaining the green paint

      Continuing with some quick tutorials on new striping on Carlsbad streets, here’s a focus on green paint. The City of Carlsbad has added green paint in areas where bikes and cars are mostly likely to cross paths.

      01/12/2024 12:59 PM

    • Barrio traffic circle

      Preserved parking prioritized in Barrio

      Based on feedback from the community, the Carlsbad City Council selected curb extensions for two intersections in the Barrio.

      01/11/2024 9:11 AM

    • Chestnut underpass map

      Improving neighborhood connections at Chestnut underpass

      If you’ve driven under I-5 at our neighboring cities to the south, you might have noticed some of the underpasses include artistic features, wide sidewalks and other elements that make them light and inviting.


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      Have your say: Safe routes to school

      The City of Carlsbad is seeking public input on areas around two schools, Jefferson Elementary School and Sage Creek High School, where enhancements could be made for walking and biking routes.

      01/08/2024 12:48 PM

    • Barrio traffic circle

      Barrio traffic circle update

      The Carlsbad City Council will receive an update on the Barrio traffic circle project and select a traffic calming option for Palm Avenue and Harding Street, and Magnolia Avenue and Madison Street, on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 5 p.m.

      01/04/2024 6:08 PM

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      Coastal crosswalks under construction

      Safety enhancements are underway on crosswalks along Carlsbad Boulevard, an area that is a hot spot for injury collisions.

      01/04/2024 6:00 PM

    • Traffic safety progress update

      Traffic safety tips and excellence award

      This holiday season, please give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go and remember to keep an eye out for more people on our roads, especially if it’s raining.

      11/17/2023 11:34 AM

    • Newsroom - 2023-10-13T090110.356

      Road construction questions answered

      Driving around Carlsbad, you’ve likely come across crews repaving and restriping several of our major east-west roadways.


    • Carlsbad Works

      Safer streets through restriping

      Starting Sept. 13, and continuing through next week, sections of Tamarack Avenue between El Camino Real and Highland Drive will be temporarily reduced to one-way traffic.

      09/12/2023 6:37 PM

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      Construction to start on Avenida Encinas

      After Labor Day, the City of Carlsbad is starting construction along the southern part of Avenida Encinas. Work will begin at the Carlsbad Boulevard intersection and move north, ending at the Poinsettia coaster station.


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