University Ave Pipeline Replacement Project Update





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Helping the Homeless in Hillcrest


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University Avenue Pipeline Project

University Avenue Pipeline Replacement Project

Project Background

The City of San Diego has more than 3,250 miles of water pipelines that provide safe, healthful drinking water to the 1.3 million residents within its service area. Some pipelines are more than 100 years old, are deteriorating, and are in need of replacement, repair and upgrades. To avoid future service disruptions, such as water main breaks, the aging pipelines are replaced or rehabilitated. The new pipelines will bring the existing water pipes or mains up to modern standards, accommodate community growth and reduce maintenance requirements.

Project Overview

The University Avenue Pipeline Replacement Project will replace approximately 4.33 miles (22,722 feet) of pipeline within the University Heights, Hillcrest and North Park communities. The project will also reconstruct pedestrian curb-ramps to facilitate access with persons with disabilities. City street surfaces will be reconstructed with slurry seal, paving and striping as needed with vegetation and landscaping within the impacted areas.

  • University Avenue Pipeline – Replace existing 20-, 24-, 30- and 36- inch cast iron mains with 16-inch Plastic and Vinyl Combination (PVC) pipe.
  • Park Boulevard Pipeline – Replace 16 inch cast iron and asbestos cement main with 16-inch PVC pipe.
  • 5th Avenue Pipeline – Replace 24-inch cast iron pipeline with 16-inch PVC pipe.
  • Robinson Avenue Pipeline – Replace 16-inch cast iron main with 16-inch PVC pipe.
  • Segment of University Avenue Pipeline (390 Zone) – Replace 24-inch and 30-inch cast iron main with 36 inch cement mortar lined and coated steel pipeline.
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Homeless Outreach Program

The Hillcrest Business Association is connecting with Todd Gloria and the Alpha Project to end homelessness in our city, one neighborhood at a time. After a successful launch of the Downtown Partnership Clean and Safe Program, Hillcrest hopes to join the ranks of neighborhoods assisting the homeless. On Monday April 6th Council Member Todd Gloria, HBA board president Jonathan Hale and Alpha Project CEO Bob McElroy held a press conference at the HUB  to announce the launch of the Hillcrest Homeless Outreach Program (HOP).

The Hillcrest business district is widely known for its compassion and progressive methods to encourage change. The latest neighborhood endeavor will bring city officials, The Hillcrest Business Association and the Alpha Project together in providing homeless outreach during a one-year pilot program.

Over the next year, experts at the Alpha Project will deploy a part time out reach team throughout Hillcrest five days a week to provide homeless outreach services. While in the neighborhood, homeless out reach teams will encourage individuals to engage in activities that will advance their path to recovery. Hillcrest businesses will be provided a “hotline” to notify out reach teams of issues requiring attention.

The HBA hopes to move the homeless outreach program from a pilot to a standard operating procedure in the neighborhood and will continue to look for funding to peruse these efforts into perpetuity.

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