University Pipeline Project

The City of San Diego is currently overseeing a project to replace 4.33 miles

(22,722 feet) of pipeline within the University Heights, Hillcrest and North Park communities. The University Ave. pipeline project is part of a citywide initiative to replace over 3,250 miles of water pipelines that in some areas are over 100 years old.

Along with providing safe, clean drinking water the project will also improve pedestrian curb ramps to facilitate access with persons of disabilities. City street surfaces will be reconstructed with slurry seal, paving and striping as needed with vegetation and landscaping within the impacted areas as well.

In late 2014 businesses along 5th Ave. in Hillcrest experienced the first wave of construction in the neighborhood. Other areas that will be impacted include businesses along University Ave., Park Blvd., Robinson Ave., and the remainder of 5th Ave.

According to the City of San Diego website, construction is expected to take place through June 2017.  The current plans suggests the following timeline:

Phase 1 Construction Schedule (January 2015 through May 2015**)

University Ave., from Park Blvd. to Oregon St., and on Oregon St. north to Polk Ave.

Phase 2 Construction Schedule (June 2015 through September 2015**)

W. Lewis St., from Stephens St. to Hawk St.

Hawk St., from W. Lewis St. to Washington St.

Washington St., from Hawk St. to 5th Ave.

5th Ave., from Washington St. to University Ave.

Phase 3 Construction Schedule (October 2015 through May 2016**)

University Ave., from 5th Ave. to Park Blvd. 5th Ave.

Phase 4 Construction Schedule (June 2016 through January 2017**)

Robinson Ave., From 5th Ave. to Park Blvd. and on Park Blvd. approximately 60 feet north of Robinson Ave.

University Avenue Pipeline Map

For more information on the project and how it may impact your business contact Capital Improvement Project at 619.533.4207 or  Resources are also available online at


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