Sewer line repairs to begin in October

City engineers last week said they are making final preparations for a year-long sewer line replacement and rehabilitation project that will inconvenience motorists and create noise in the Village commercial district between October 2009 and September 2010.

Construction will cease during the summer and holiday weekends to minimize disruption to local businesses and residents, project manager Jericho Gallardo told local merchants at the monthly meeting of the Business Improvement District, also known as Promote La Jolla.

The project, which is estimated to cost $2.7 million, involves the replacement of 8,000 feet of antiquated cast iron and concrete sewer pipes, along with the re-lining of 2,900 feet of existing pipe that needs to be upgraded. Some of the cast iron pipes were originally installed in 1916, Gallardo said.

To lessen the impact on restaurants and retailers, the contractor will be asked to work at some locations during the night and early morning hours, he said.

Construction will begin in the south end of the Village along Dellcrest Lane and the La Jolla Country Club Golf Course and gradually move northwest into the Village commercial district.

Within the retail district, trenching will occur along Girard Avenue between Prospect Street and Kline Street, Herschel Avenue between Prospect Street and Kline Street and portions of Wall Street and Kline Street between Ivanhoe Avenue and Girard Avenue.