Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Circles on Streets Raising Questions – Traffic Bollard Base Plates Installed

bollard street constructionRecent construction on Coronado streets near Orange Ave has people wondering what the evenly spaced circles in the roadways are all about.

Mayor Richard Bailey explained that due to recent attacks on large public gatherings around the country and world, the city is installing bollards for the purpose of enhanced safety during large community events such as the 4th of July Parade. The city believes the bollards are necessary to ensure the public’s safety at these type of events. Essentially the bollards will prevent access to Orange Ave, which is closed off to traffic during these events.

The Coronado City Manager shared in his Weekly Update on May 25, 2018, the following statement:

Special Events Security Bollards The City purchased steel security bollards that can be used to cordon off areas for special events such as the Fourth of July parade route. To facilitate the temporary installation of these bollards for special events, small base plates and foundations are being installed across numerous streets throughout the City. Please use caution when driving through the construction zones. All work is expected to be completed by mid-June. Security experts have recommended “hard” barricades as a best practice for large public gatherings.

bollardsMayor Bailey explained that the city allocated $140,000 for the entire project. Approximately $160 per bollard (345 units total) and $140 per base (605 bases total). He stated that “funding for the project is coming directly from the city.”

There will not be any way to access Orange Ave by vehicle during large events with the bollards in place and they are said to be a more effective and safe means for traffic control than cones. The bollards will also be used during Halloween on Margarita Avenue for the protection of families and children in that very popular trick or treating area.

The neighbors in the areas where the bollards are being installed were notified about the street construction prior to the start of installation work, and the project was on the city council agenda several months ago.*

* From the January 16, 2018 City Council Actions:
f.    Authorize the City Manager to Execute a Sole Source Purchase Agreement with Ultra Secure Ltd. for Security Bollards in an Amount Not to Exceed $40,000; Contract for the Permanent Installation of the Bollard Bases in City Streets Along the Security Perimeter of Major City Special Events; and Appropriate $140,000 in the General Fund Streets Budget Unit.  (Pg 485) The Council authorized the City Manager to execute a purchase agreement for a sole source purchase with Ultra Secure Ltd. for safety bollards and bases to be used for perimeter security at special events. The Council confirmed that the City Manager may contract for the permanent installation of the bollard bases in the City streets at locations that, when the bollards are deployed, will create a visible, but discrete, physical barrier perimeter for major special events.  The Council appropriated $140,000 in the General Fund Streets Budget Unit.


Chris Kelly
Chris Kelly
Chris is a native San Diegan who has had business ties to Coronado from when the bridge still had a toll. She vowed to herself one day she would make the island her home. Chris has been an entrepreneur for over two decades as a business owner and business/life strategist and coach. Her work has been seen in magazines, blogs, The Seattle Times and The Huffington Post.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]