February 21, 2024
Road repairs underway in Rancho Bernardo. Courtesy of the Mayor’s workplace

Almost 16 years after the Witch Creek Fireplace burned greater than 197,000 acres in San Diego County, 9,000 of which have been within the metropolis, San Diego leaders Monday kicked off enhancements and repairs for streets impacted by the blaze.

Mayor Todd Gloria, Metropolis Councilwoman Marni von Wilpert and state Senate President professional Tempore Toni G. Atkins joined metropolis employees and group members on Monday to start the Witch Creek Fireplace Road Enhancements challenge in Rancho Bernardo.

“San Diego’s road-repair investments have traditionally been as patchy as our pavement and insufficient to maintain our community of roughly 3,000 miles of streets within the situation that residents anticipate,” Gloria mentioned in an announcement. “My administration is shifting to alter that with constant, centered investments in cost-effective highway repairs. The residents of Rancho Bernardo’s Westwood neighborhood have waited far too lengthy for his or her streets to be fastened, and I’m joyful that, immediately, we’re getting it carried out.”

The $5.26 million challenge is meant to restore 2.3 miles of roads with asphalt overlay, improve sidewalks and curb ramps to be ADA-compliant, take away and substitute cross gutters and curbs and gutters, and restripe roadways. All resurfacing is predicted to be accomplished by the top of June, in accordance with the town.

“Sixteen years after the Witch Creek hearth burned via this group, the Westwood neighborhood of Rancho Bernardo is lastly on its solution to therapeutic,” mentioned Atkins. “I respect the residents who by no means stopped advocating for funding to repair their streets.”

The Witch Creek Fireplace began Oct. 21, 2007, when Santa Ana winds knocked down energy strains east of Ramona. Flames unfold to San Diego metropolis limits and merged with the Guejito Fireplace, which began within the San Pasqual Valley.

On the time, the hearth was the fourth-largest blaze in California historical past. Greater than 360 properties have been misplaced to the hearth in Rancho San Bernardo alone of greater than 1,000 constructions destroyed. The fireplace killed a pair of their house in Poway.

Since 2007, following years of devastating hearth seasons throughout the state, the Witch Creek Fireplace dropped to Nineteenth-largest, in accordance with the California Division of Forestry and Fireplace Safety.

“Sixteen years later, this group remains to be recovering from the devastating wildfires,” von Wilpert mentioned. “These repairs are essential to that restoration course of.”

Funding for the challenge contains $2.5 million in a state grant designated for wildfire repairs supplied by Atkins. Work will happen on Aguamiel Street, Azucar Manner, Alcalde Courtroom, Grillo Courtroom, Nevoso Manner, Sedero Courtroom, Palito Courtroom, Danza Circle, Escoba Place, Aliento Courtroom and Cabela Drive.

— Metropolis Information Service