Road in Pacific Beach reduced to pile of rubble

Posted at 6:02 PM, Jul 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:30:52-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Residents who live on a small stretch of Law Street in Pacific Beach are walking out of their front doors to a street in shambles.

In just about a day, a city contractor reduced the block from Gresham to Fanuel to a pile of rubble.

It's part of a $6 million project to build water mains in P.B., although that portion is now complete. Crews are now working to repave the road, which will take two weeks.

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It's a process that can take more than a month, but the city says it coordinated with neighbors to speed up the project. That's why the road is the way it is. 

"In order to expedite the work, it was proposed to the residents to close the road and break out all the concrete at once," the city said in a statement, adding that it allows for the concrete to be poured more quickly. 

The city could have laid the concrete panel by panel, but that could take four times as long. It would have only closed one side of the street, but there was no parking with either option.

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"I don't care that I have to park down on the next block," said Caryl Hall, who grew up ont he street. "It's not a big deal for me."

Hall says she is more enthusiastic about a fresh concrete road, even if there's the occasional dust cloud and noise. 

The city says work should be done in about two weeks.

San Diegans can look up projects in their own neighborhood's using this interactive map on the city's website.