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Published on February 27, 2024
San Diego's Morena Area Prepares for Major Closures Amid Pure Water Pipeline ConstructionSource: City of San Diego

The City of San Diego has alerted the public of extensive closures at Morena Boulevard and Sherman Street intersection, commencing Feb. 29 through March 25. This in part of the ambitious Pure Water program aiming to quench the city's thirst for a sustainable water supply.

The heavy machinery rolls out at 8 p.m. on Feb. 29, plunging the thriving intersection into a full closure until the morning of March 4, with detours rerouting the flow of daily life and crews toiling around the clock to lay down part of the future with a 48-inch wastewater pipeline and a 30-inch brine pipeline, according to the city's announcement. The schedule continues with a series of partial and full closures, including the dates March 4-8 and 11-15, where lanes will shrink yet traffic trickles through, followed by another complete shutdown from March 15-18 and a final encore of closure from March 21-25 this as crews dig deep into a 20-foot trench straight through the heart of Morena.

Traffic control will be in full swing amidst the chaos to assure the safety of the public and workspace for the crew, and while detours will usher traffic around closed sections on weekends, local businesses and residents can breathe, knowing access remains open. Emergency vehicles are given priority passage throughout construction, ensuring rapid response remains unhindered in critical times.

Drivers and wayfarers navigating this urban web are advised to give the area a wide berth or scout out alternate routes. Signage and detours will be posted to guide the wanderers and the weary. The Pure Water program stands as San Diego's largest infrastructure venture to date, promising to ease the city’s reliance on imported water—once complete, nearly half of the city's water supply is expected to spring from this source by 2035, the initiative's website professing the production of 30 million gallons per day of high-quality purified drinking water.