Water Authority to begin water reliability project in Mission Trails Regional Park

October 27, 2008

Click here for construction area map

Click here for construction area map

The San Diego County Water Authority will begin setting up construction field offices at the end of October in preparation for its Mission Trails Project water reliability project. The project will upgrade critical water pipelines running beneath western portions of Mission Trails Regional Park, maximizing the amount of water that can be delivered to treatment plants that are either currently being expanded or are planned to be expanded, that serve parts of the city of San Diego and parts of the city of Chula Vista.

For safety reasons, all recreational trail access, along a sidewalk on the north side of Clairemont Mesa Boulevard will only be allowed on Sundays and before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. most other days. Alternative trail access locations that will be mostly open during construction can be found off of Corte Playa Catalina and Calle de Vida in Tierrasanta. The Clairemont Mesa Boulevard parking area and all closed trails will be completely reopened after construction in mid-2011.

“This is the first trail closure associated with this project,” said Mojgan Poursadighi, project manager. “Project construction in the western portion of the park will require us to close additional trails. I encourage hikers and bikers planning to use the park’s trails to download our trail closure map at http://missiontrails.sdcwa.org to find out which trails will be closed.”

The Water Authority sends out project updates and newsletters via e-mail. To sign up to receive electronic updates, provide your email address in one of the following three ways: log into the Water Authority’s project website at http://missiontrails.sdcwa.org; call the project’s information line at (877) 682-9283, ext. 7004; or email the information to CIPinfo@sdcwa.org.

For more information about the Mission Trails Project, including planned trail closures and construction truck access maps, please visit the Water Authority’s project Web page at http://missiontrails.sdcwa.org.

The temporary construction offices will be located inside a fenced section, encompassing the entire parking area at the east end of Clairemont Mesa Blvd, which will be the primary project access point for construction vehicles and equipment. In addition, the existing earthen parking area, east of the construction offices, will be closed for construction parking and equipment storage.

The major elements of the Mission Trails Project include constructing: an underground water tank, a tunneled pipeline, and a stabilized river crossing at the San Diego River. In addition, all the existing above-ground blue vent stacks in Mission Trails Regional Park will be removed and replaced with shorter structures.

There are currently two additional Water Authority construction projects taking place in Mission Trails Regional Park; the Mission Trails to Lake Murray Pipeline 3 Relining Project that extends the life of the pipelines in the park, and pipeline repair work due to a pipeline failure earlier this month just north of the San Diego River in Mission Gorge.

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  • The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $268 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 23 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base.

    Media Contact Information

    Grace Sevilla

    Phone: (619) 855-5135

    Email: GSevilla@sdcwa.org