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Capital Improvement Projects

Each year the City develops a long-range Capital Improvement Program as part of the budget process. A Capital Improvement Project generally results in improvements to City streets, gutters, and sidewalks, modifications of traffic signals, upgrades to City parks and waterways and needed improvements of various public facilities. A seven-year program is required to provide consistency with the requirements of the State Congestion Management Program and the County Measure M Program.

FY 18-20 Capital Improvement Projects



Verdugo Street Closure:  Beginning on Monday, October 14, 2019, Verdugo Street, from Camino Capistrano to the train depot plaza area, will be closed to vehicular traffic for approximately three months in order to accommodate a major capital improvement project designed to beautify and provide for a more pedestrian-friendly gateway to downtown San Juan Capistrano.  Electronic message boards have been placed throughout the downtown area notifying the public of the impending street closure, and notifications have been sent out to all downtown businesses located in the general vicinity of Verdugo Street.  Moreover, the City's Project Team has held multiple workshops with downtown stakeholders, including a recent pre-construction meeting with the Project contractor C.S. Legacy Construction at Trevor's at the Tracks restaurant on Wednesday, October 9 to broach the tentative construction timeline, coordinate pedestrian access and deliveries for businesses located on Verdugo Street, an expanded loading zone on Camino Capistrano, traffic control, wayfinding signage for downtown patrons seeking parking at the multimodal surface lot and the Franciscan Plaza parking structure, general hours of construction work, and City contacts for the duration of the Project.

The total cost of the Project is $1.9 million and will widen sidewalks with decorative brick pavers, and will install landscaping, new lighting, and street furniture.  The Project also includes installation of a new four-face clock within the train station plaza area (donated by the San Juan Capistrano Rotary Club), new bistro lighting strung across Verdugo Street, rolled curbs, a shade structure, tree grates, crosswalk treatments, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ramps, and wood benches to complement the widened sidewalks.  The design is intended to provide for an inviting street corridor that creates a sense of arrival for visitors arriving by train as well as those parking and walking to restaurants, the movie theater, and shops in the downtown.

PROJECT UPDATE - March 6, 2020:  Construction of the Verdugo Street Beautification Project continued this week with the installation of planting pots on the north sidewalk, landscaping, and utility improvements.  New pavers and accessibility ramps were also constructed.  Existing concrete sidewalk on the west side of Camino Capistrano was replaced with new pavers.  Next week, weather permitting, the eastern section of Verdugo Street will be paved and streetlights installed.

Click here for Project information, updates and milestones, and contact information.

Click here for Alternative Access Routes.

Click here to see the Verdugo Street Design Concept.

For questions regarding the Verdugo Street Beautification Project, please contact Tom Toman, Public Works Director, at



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