Neighbor upset newly paved Old Town street gets torn up

Posted at 6:16 PM, Apr 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 00:49:51-04

An aging street in Old Town is getting road improvements. But just as the job was almost done, part of it was torn up again.

Larry Stirling said he is glad to see worn down streets in his Old Town neighborhood are getting a facelift.

"We were very happy to have it done," he said.

The City of San Diego set aside funds for the Juan Street Improvement Project.

"They took out the old sidewalk, the old street, put in new sidewalks, new streets, new utilities, everything perfectly beautiful," said Stirling.

Construction has taken at least two years. Stirling said they were just about done, when today he noticed something strange.

"Why in the world couldn't they get all the pipes on Juan street replaced and repaired before they repaved it? It just doesn't make any sense," he said.

A construction crew, back, and tearing up the recently paved street.

"I think it's a disaster for the neighborhood, for the taxpayers, for the drivers, for everybody," said Stirling, who is also tired of detouring and the traffic.

"This place is just slammed with cars looking all over through the neighborhoods to find some place to park," he said. 

Stirling is not just a resident, he's a former San Diego City Councilmember. He wants to know why this is happening and when it will get done.

"Why do we have an $11 million, two-year project and the guys can't figure out and get the pipes replaced before they replace the street," he said.

In an e-mail statement, the City said:

"AT&T is performing unscheduled maintenance work on their assets in that location. Our engineers are overseeing their work and we anticipate that it will be completed within 30 days. After that, AT&T will incur any and all costs associated with replacing the street panels they damaged with brand new ones. We have been in regular contact with residents and the Old Town Community Planning Group to address any concerns related to this work."