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At Least Four More Weeks for Sewer Rehab Project

The delay was caused by a last minute change in contractor.

by the Department of Public Works that a sewer rehabilitation project at the corner of York Boulevard and North Figueroa Street would be completed by the end of the month was off by at least five weeks. The projct won't be complete until at least the end of the first week of October, a Council District 14 staffer told Patch on Friday.

According to the CD 14 representative, the Department of Public Works still needs to resurface stretches of York Boulevard and North Figueroa. However, the main reason for the delay was that DPW needed to switch contractors at the last minute.

The change was made, the staffer said, becuase DPW still needs to replace a sewer pipe that runs below York Boulevard and connects to the Hamlet Street.

The switch was made to a contracter who was more experienced in doing below-ground boring, which would preclude the need to dig up the road at York Boulevard and Hamlet Street and lead to more traffic re-routing.

A spokesperson for DPW could not be reached for this story.

Through the The $2.24 million project, DPW crews are constructing a new relief sewer from Arroyo Glen Street to Meridian Street. The relief sewer will ultimately connect to the Avenue 45/Arroyo Drive Relief Sewer. The project consists of installing 0.70 miles of 15 to 21-inch sewer lines. The sewer will relieve capacity for the 8 and 12-inch sewer along Figueroa Street between Marmion Way and Meridian Street.

El Cid September 08, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Wow - Dept. of Public Works gets a below standard grade on this project. I fear what would happen if Cal Trans/MTA 710 Extension were granted! Pretty scary to even imagine!
The MOG September 08, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Goodness Gracious Sancho, you make an EXCELLENT point! What a nightmare!
Bob Arnold September 08, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I do not doubt there is a necessary change in contractors, but the reason for the change is questionable. This project was scheduled for completion in roughly 2 months. It started just before school let out for the summer and was scheduled for completion before school was to start up. Then DPW said there was a delay due to a large boulder that was discovered and caused a lengthly delay to remove. Now a change in contractors to one that is more experienced? This project is starting to smell and further details are needed.
chris watts September 09, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Maybe we can use this space as a "Street Parklet" for the next four (eight) weeks. It can be greened up with astroturf and some cannabis plants. People can get coffee from the bank on the corner or from OK chinese food. If no one uses the space, we can install a flagpole and a few benches and that should attract enough hipsters to last us until the real park let is complete. Voila! Instant culture!
KingSlav September 10, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Glad to get an update on this delayed project. Hopefully they meet this new deadline.
frank van neutra lautner September 10, 2012 at 07:19 PM
I wouldn't hold my breath.
Cerro Gordo September 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM
DANG IT! I swear, this is driving me nuts! This thing is right where I live. They started construction, and then they just stopped for weeks. The complaints started to pile up I guess, because all of a sudden they're working on it night and day. Is DPW paying OT for this late night work? Please, just get it done already.

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