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Port of San Diego to Beautify and Improve Landscaping Along North Harbor Drive

The Port of San Diego will soon begin a $1.4 million project to improve and update landscaping along parts of North Harbor Drive across from the San Diego International Airport. 

“We continue to deliver on our promise to make the San Diego Bay waterfront a place all Californians and visitors to our region can enjoy,” said Chairman Frank Urtasun, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “The areas we continue to beautify help make a lasting impression as many visitors first arrive in San Diego and as they return home, and we hope locals will be pleased with the improvements, too.”

Work for the Harbor Drive Landscape Improvements project is expected to begin in February 2024 and is scheduled to be completed by August 2024. The project will result in the following improvements:

  • Removal of existing plant material, weeds, and mulch within the existing landscape areas;
  • Installation of new landscaping consisting of colorful water-wise plantings;
  • New irrigation systems ensuring sustainability and long-term growth;
  • Replacement of two monument signs with new Port of San Diego secondary amenity identity logos;
  • Construction of a new walkway and updated curb ramps at Spanish Landing Park West;
  • Improved pedestrian access through the addition of a continental crosswalk; and
  • A new walkway at Airport Terminal Road leading to Spanish Landing Park restrooms, enhancing pedestrian connectivity and safety.

The Harbor Drive Landscape Improvements project is part of the Port’s Economic Recovery Program Appropriation (ERP) funds. At its meeting on January 18, 2024, the Board of Commissioners voted to award a construction contract to Costa Azul Contracting Group, a local small business.

The new landscaping will be made up of mulch, cobblestone, boulders, and topsoil, consistent with improvements made along the north side of North Harbor Drive. Approximately 78,000 square feet of existing vegetation will be removed.

During construction, up to 20 parking stalls will be temporarily unavailable to allow for workers to stage equipment and supply. Phase one will occupy up to 20 stalls on the northern edge of the parking lot east of Lee Court. Phase two will use stalls in the lot adjacent to the restroom facilities at Spanish Landing Park. All ADA parking stalls will remain open during construction. 

About THE Port of San Diego

The Port of San Diego serves the people of California as a specially created district, balancing multiple uses on 34 miles along San Diego Bay spanning five cities. Collecting no tax dollars, the Port manages a diverse portfolio to generate revenues that support vital public services and amenities.

The Port champions Maritime, Waterfront Development, Public Safety, Experiences and Environment, all focused on enriching the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront. From cargo and cruise terminals to hotels and restaurants, from marinas to museums, from 22 public parks to countless events, the Port contributes to the region’s prosperity and remarkable way of life on a daily basis.