Ceremony Held for Widening of Bear Valley Parkway in Escondido

A busy stretch of the thoroughfare went from two to four lanes.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Thursday for the widening of a problem road in Escondido.

A stretch of Bear Valley Parkway from Boyle Avenue to San Pasqual Valley Road has gone from two to four lanes after a two-year $16 million construction project.

The project also added sidewalks, bike lanes and drainage, and relocated overhead utility lines underground.

The asphalt used for the new road is composed from more than 10,000 used tires in efforts to dampen the noise coming from the parkway, according to San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts.

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