Port of San Diego to open as much of the Embarcadero as possible for Fourth of July

First phase to be finished by fall

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Construction crews are working hard so that more San Diegans can enjoy fireworks on the Fourth of July.

The first phase of the $31.1 million North Embarcadero Visionary Plan isn't expected to wrap up until the fall. However, expecting hundreds of thousands of people to descend on the Embarcadero to watch this year's Big Bay Boom fireworks display on San Diego Bay, the Unified Port of San Diego is rushing to finish as much as possible.

Right now, a good chunk of the Embarcadero is fenced off for construction.

"We're going to have most of the worksite open on the Fourth of July," said the Port of San Diego Chief Engineer Ernie Medina.

Several pavilions are still under construction and will still be fenced off. The construction has expanded the simple wide sidewalk along the Embarcadero between the B Street Pier and the USS Midway Museum. It is now an even wider public park in some places, complete with bricked walkways and landscaping.

San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria said he was impressed with the progress.

"In my line of work, you see a lot of fuzzy watercolors of what it's supposed to look like," he said. "This is sort of matching what I think we were advertised and I think San Diegans are going to love it."

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