Graduation Season Descends on San Marcos

Expect traffic delays for the next two weekends


Springtime in North County’s education hub means one thing—San Marcos students are getting ready to graduate.

With Cal State San Marcos hosting commencement ceremonies Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, and Palomar College hosting commencement on Friday, May 24, travelers onI 15 and SR 78 can expect increased traffic delays around the college areas.
Motorists can also expect graduation-related traffic delays near Mission Hills High and San Marcos High schools on Wednesday, June 12.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way.

During graduation season and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.

In the City’s ongoing efforts toget motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next five years.

Planned projects include replacing outdated traffic signal controllers with new generation controllers that will improve timing and communication between cars and traffic signals.

Upgrades to the city wide Ethernet are also planned to provide for faster communication and improved reliability.

Additionally, the city’s traffic management system will be enhanced and new battery back-up added to allow for uninterrupted operation during temporary power outages.

Finally, the intersection at Rancho Santa Fe Road and Grandon Avenue will receive traffic signal improvements and a new crosswalk, and a new traffic signal will be installed at the re-aligned intersection of Smilax Road and S. Santa Fe Avenue.

Each of these initiatives andmany others means that the City of San Marcos is continually working to improve the infrastructure, systems, and technologies used to manage our City’s traffic.

San Marcos prides itself on providing a high quality of life, and roadways are no exception. The City strives to keep all motorists safe and commuting smoothly.

As San Marcos expands, challenges surrounding transportation arise, so the City is taking an active approach that invites the community to be part of the solution by practicing safe and courteous driving.

At the end of 2018, the City launched a new educational initiative to inspire more courteous driving in San Marcos. We encourage all drivers to remember the San Marcos manners that keep our roads safe and friendly for all.

For more information about Palomar College commencement, visit To see Cal State San Marcos’ commencement schedule, visit

To learn more about planned road improvements in San Marcos, contact the City’s Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550.


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