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Soledad Mountain Road reopens

Slightly more than a year after a landslide undermined Soledad Mountain Road causing it to collapse, the city of San Diego officially reopened the repaired thoroughfare to thru traffic at a press conference Thursday.

Flanked by Council President Scott Peters and Councilman Kevin Faulconer, whose Second District includes the landslide area, were geologist Rob Hawk who guided road reconstruction and other city officials. Mayor Jerry Sanders thanked local residents for their perseverance and patience.

“That natural disaster was a tragedy for the families who lost their homes and forced the city to marshal an extraordinary response and recover process for the entire community,” said Sanders. “Soledad Mountain Road serves as a major arterial road and it was critically important to reopen this road as quickly as possible.”

Sanders added the repaired road has been buttressed by huge sheer pins which provide massive structural support.

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“I would like to thank the people who live around here for putting up with construction for the last year,” added Sanders, “and will continue probably for the next few months.”

More sheer pins are being installed below Soledad Mountain Road on Desert View Drive at the base of the landslide area.