Genesee Avenue geyser sends water, debris into the sky

City says contractor his value connected to main
Posted at 11:30 AM, Mar 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-20 20:05:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A towering geyser sent water and debris into the sky near Torrey Pines Tuesday, prompting traffic issues near busy construction.

The geyser erupted around 11 a.m. on Genesee Avenue just west of Interstate 5. All lanes of traffic on Genesee Ave. were shut down in both directions.

Public Utilities Department crews were able to shut off the water just before 12 p.m.


A city official told 10News a Caltrans contractor hit a 6-inch blowoff valve connected to a 30-inch water main.

No one in the area lost water and it was put back into service around 1:30 p.m.

Caltrans says the construction is part of the pedestrian bridge being built over Genesee. It's part of the larger Interstate 5/Genesee Avenue Interchange project.

It's not yet clear how much water spewed out, the city says that calculation can take a couple days.

The incident occurred by nearby construction for a trolley line, prompting headaches for commuters in the area.