CARLSBAD — The city of Carlsbad staff is constructing a new sewer line, east of El Camino Real near Tamarack Avenue, after suspected vandalism caused a sewage back up and spill on Sept. 29. Sewer service in the surrounding neighborhoods is not expected to be affected by the construction work.
The city already had plans to reroute this section of pipe out of the canyon into the street right of way for environmental reasons. Due to the blockage caused by the suspected vandalism, the city received an emergency order to expedite this project in order to complete this rerouting in approximately four months.
Construction is expected to last approximately 12 weeks, from mid-October to mid-January. During this time, the left turn lane at the intersection of Tamarack Avenue and Pontiac Drive and the intersection of Tamarack Avenue and La Portolada Drive will be eliminated intermittently. Drivers in the affected neighborhoods should find alternative routes during construction.
Additionally, access to and from the RV storage area, located on the north side of Tamarack Avenue, across the street from Kirwall Avenue, will be prohibited between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, beginning Dec. 14 until mid-January.
RV access is prohibited during these hours in order for the city’s contractor, Orion Construction, to complete necessary repairs in an efficient and timely matter with as minimal disruption to the public as possible.
City staff reminds the public to drive carefully in the construction zone and take alternate routes when possible. Signs will be posted around the construction site to inform the public of lane closures and/or temporary parking restrictions.
The cost of the originally planned rerouting project is estimated to be about $1.2 million and is included in the city’s Capital Improvement Program budget. The city dedicates money each year in its Capital Improvement Program to maintain infrastructure such as sewer pipelines.
For more information, call John Maashoff, city of Carlsbad construction manager, at (760) 602-2780, ext.7307.