Sewer project to replace a mile of La Jolla infrastructure

A plan to replace more than a mile of underground sewer and water main lines in Bird Rock and The Village is coming in 2019, and expected to take two years. San Diego project engineer Jenna Gu introduced the plans to the La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) during its Jan. 4 meeting at La Jolla Rec Center.

Sewer and AC Water Group 797 will install 300 linear feet of new water main lines and replace 5,293 linear feet of existing water main lines; and replace 2,110 linear feet of existing sewer main lines, including associated sewer laterals and manholes.

The affected Village streets are Girard Avenue between Pearl and Genter streets; East Genter Street; and Bird Rock streets including South Calumet Avenue, West Sea Ridge Drive, Colima Court, San Colla Street, Ricardo Place, Bandera Street and Linda Way.

“The existing water and sewer pipes were installed as early as 1955 and are nearing the end of their service life,” Gu said. “Those replacements will reduce maintenance requirements and bring the system to current City standards. The total project is estimated to cost $2.9 million and is expected to begin in early 2019 and conclude by 2021, with breaks during the holiday season (Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day) and summer construction moratorium (Memorial Day to Labor Day). Work will be conducted in segments, so the whole area will not be under construction at once.”

The project, she continued, will use best management practices for erosion control, storm drain inlet protection and restoration of disturbed areas to their original condition, and install textured yellow curb ramps. Following construction, the street will be resurfaced.

“Notices will be sent to all residents and businesses within a 300 feet radius a few weeks before the start of construction, with additional notices being distributed the week before,” Gu said.

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