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University Ave pipeline replacement cost jumps up

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Work building a new University Avenue pipeline that can handle the main line water load did not move ahead as steady as the city had planned. Several project shortcomings will get fixed.

Building a pipeline up to standards will cost the city more than the money loaned to the city in two loans for the project from the California Department of Public Health in 2012. The project's higher than expected cost, following last week's city council decision to pay for an increased loan amount, now stands at 18,700,000 dollars.

Caltrans did not stay put on its requirements for the project taking out old pipe in one of San Diego's busy streets and replacing the old pipe with new pipe. New Caltrans requirements made the work more expensive. Costs for making sure the street infrastructure work meets AMericans with Disabilities Act standards also grow bigger. Additional ADA work is needed.

The long water pipeline needs additional funding to get built fully up to date. The City of San DDiego has a new pipeline design. A more expensive design than the one used to plan the infrastructure work in Councilman TOdd GLoria's district 3. Work modernizing San Diego's water system infrastructure has to more than make up for the system quality losses over the years of pipeline decay. University Avenue needs good quality water flow that will last.The city's plan to rid San DIego of the rusty and corroded water supply depends on the work on the major travel street setting a new standard.

The development pathway will have a full line of upgrades. Now that the city will spend additional money on the University Avenue pipeline replacement project, workers will repalce the old fire hydrants with new hydrants.

The state Public HEalth Department gives out the Safe Drinking Water revolving fund money to pay for city work fixing its infrastructure. City officials will repay the state for the full loan amount over 20 years. The city uses money collected from local residentss for water charges to pay for a Safe Drinking Water loan.

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