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More undergrounding may be in store in SD

The San Diego City Council moved a step closer on Monday toward launching $58 million worth of projects aimed at taking down overhead electrical and telephone wires and relocating them underground.

The project, following a master plan for undergrounding utilities approved in 2009, includes $44 million in direct costs, such as removing utility poles and transferring wires, and $14 million in indirect costs, including repaving streets.

Much of the funding will come through annual allocations from San Diego Gas & Electric, as well as additional funding from AT&T and cable companies, which are obligated to pay for transfers of their lines.

The council voted to consider four different projects in a public hearing at its chambers at 2 p.m. on June 23:

+ residential areas of La Jolla, Mission Beach and Eggers Highland, with $17.7 million in direct costs and $5.3 million for indirect costs;

+ residential areas of Bay Park, Jamacha Lomita and Rolando, with the same costs as above;

+ areas of North Park, Fairmont Village, Mount Hope, Otay Mesa West, Jamacha Lomita, Bay Park and Rolando, with $6.7 million in direct costs and $2.0 million in indirect costs; and,

+ an area bounded by Mission Boulevard, Hancock Street and 32nd Street, with $2.2 million in direct costs and $1.2 million in indirect costs.

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