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Utilities undergrounders hard at work on neighborhood streets

City of San Diego (maps and letters); Adam Benjamin (layout)
City of San Diego (maps and letters); Adam Benjamin (layout)
SDG&E workers are at work on undergrounding projects across San Diego.

SDG&E work taking down overhead utilities lines and putting the lines underground steadily builds up in San Diego. With 54,911,380.54 dollars in the Undergrounding Surcharge Fund the end of last fiscal year, the city council, this week, added more residential projects to the modernization work residents pay a surcharge on their monthly electricity bill to fund.

San Diegans living onthe blocks onLincoln Avenue, from 30th Street to Bancroft Street, will not miss out on the experience seeing workers take over the street, take down lines, and dig underground trenches to lay lines. Eleven projects on half a dozen streets made the undergrounding list.

Underground utilities run through lines in 374 miles of San Diego streets. The city began its citywide work funded by a wholly local surcharge in 2011. SDG&E had begun to move lines down into streets heavily traveled by drivers and pedestrians in 1967. A state surcharge SDG&E collects from customers pays for the main street work.

Over 50 years is left to finish the work. Street work moves slow. After the SG&E workers put lines in the street, the workers repair the street. Filling trenches. Putting in new curbs. Slurry sealing the street surface. ANd, setting up new street lights. And, they plant trees.

SDG&E has just 1,065 miles of utilities undergrounding to go.

Neighborhood block undergrounding will cost more San DIegans money. Residents on the blocks will see the local surcharge show up on their bill.

The undergrounding workers put underground lines in the street that can meet current electricity codes. Making the projects a little more expensive.

The new projects the city council set in motion, after a late order from the California Pubic Utilities Commission added project starts, end inactive periods in the neighborhoods. The projects stand up to criteria CPUC ordered.

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