The final roadway markings are being applied today and the roadway will be open for all users this weekend.
Installation of new signs and markers will begin Monday and is planned to be complete by Thursday. During this task, the vehicle gates will again be closed to prohibit vehicles, but cyclists and pedestrians will be allowed on the roadway. Upon completion of this task, the roadway will again be opened to all users.
NOTE: During this project, construction workers and equipment may be on the roadway. Users should use caution when entering into and traveling along Back Bay.
Please pass this information on to others that may be interested. If you desire more information, I can be reached at the email address or number below.
Have a great day!
Brad Sommers, PE
Senior Civil Engineer
Public Works Department
City of Newport Beach
Back Bay Drive Temporarily Closed for Maintenance 2/17-2/27
Closure Area from Shellmaker Road to Eastbluff Drive
The scenic portion of Back Bay Drive, from Shellmaker Road to Eastbluff Drive will be closed to all users (pedestrians, cyclists, motorists) weekdays beginning Tuesday, February 17 until Friday, February 27 while the road is resurfaced, striped and new signage is installed. The roadway will reopen for the weekend.
We’re supposed to be notified by Caltrans in San Diego when the base is closed. But we’ve had no official warning– just disgruntled and tired bicyclists returning against our current 20+mph winds. Marine guards are stopping all bicycle traffic at the extreme southern end of San Mateo St. Park, telling them to turn around.
While awaiting word from Caltrans District 11 that it’s officially OK to ride the freeway south of San Clemente, all we can say is, if you have to get to Oceanside, get on at the Basilone on-ramp south of Trestles Beach and pray CHP doesn’t see you.
Annual Coastal Cleanup Day
On Saturday, September 20, Back Bay Drive will be closed to all users (pedestrians, bicycles and vehicles) from San Joaquin Hills Road to Eastbluff Drive (North) from approximately 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. for the Annual Upper Newport Bay Cleanup Day.
Should you have specific questions about the event or would like to attend, please visit http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html or http://newportbay.org/stewardship/cleanupday/ or contact the event organizers at (949) 640-1751.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.