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City of San Diego moves forward with undergrounding more power lines

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 20:24:46-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The City of San Diego is moving forward with a plan to underground utilities in eight neighborhoods throughout the city.

In a meeting Monday, San Diego’s City Council voted to establish underground utility districts. The district's would include the neighborhoods of Otay Mesa-Nestor, San Ysidro, Clairemont Mesa, Encanto, Southeastern/ Skyline-Paradise Hills, College Area, Navajo, and Mid-City: Eastern Area.

So far, the City of San Diego has moved roughly 400 miles of utilities underground.

RELATED: SDG&E moves 20 miles of power lines underground

Although Monday's meeting marked the first step in the process, the city says construction won’t begin for several more years.

In total, the project is estimated to cost more than $8.2 million, including $6.5 million for the electrical utility work and $1.7 for related work, including administration, streetlight replacement, street resurfacing and related work.

Recently, the city increased staff to accommodate more undergrounding districts and increase customer service.

The funds come from a surcharge customers pay through SDG&E and an electric tariff known as Rule 20A.

The map below shows all the undergrounding projects in the City of San Diego. To access the map, click on the image below and scroll to the bottom of the page.