Emergency bluff repairs coming to Sunset Cliffs

Posted at 6:19 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 21:33:38-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - The City of San Diego is calling the cliff erosion at Sunset Cliffs a ‘coastal emergency’ in a new notice of work proposal.

The project includes the removal of loose rock and soil from the bluff face which currently presents a hazard to people and first responders according to the city.

City officials estimate the bluff trimming would removing 10 to 20 blocks of sandstone up to two feet in maximum dimension and that the bluff height will not be chanted by more than 10 feet.

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“It seems like to me the city is trying to put a Band-Aid on the natural process of erosion,” said photographer Jim Grant.

The city says all bluff trimming will be performed using hand tools and a crane will be used so crews can safely scale the rock.

No work will occur below the bluff within the cove area, according the city document.

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A damaged portion of the curb at the Ladera Street staircase is a part of the repairs and all public acres will continue to be restricted during the process.

The project is expected to last five to eight days and start in a few months.