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Completion of Underground Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 27, 2003
Media Contact:  
D. Peter Gleichenhaus, Public Works Director (650) 991-8038

TAKE DOWN OF LAST UTILITY POLE AT WESTLAKE MARKS COMPLETION OF UNDERGROUND PROJECT

Daly City – This Thursday, May 29th, the last utility pole on Westlake Avenue between Niantic Avenue to Mission Street will be taken down, thanks to the active participation and cooperation of the residents in 87 homes in this Daly City neighborhood.

Starting at 10 a.m., a brief ceremony will be held adjacent to 432 Westlake Avenue, to officially mark the completion of the city project that eliminated 20 utility poles within the five-block area, in favor of the safer, more reliable and aesthetically pleasing underground cabling. In a joint agreement with Pacific Gas & Electric, SBC, Comcast and RCN, Daly City embarked on the underground utility project on Westlake Avenue in November 2000.

The utility companies funded about 70% of the project’s $1 million price tag. Daly City paid approximately $100,000 for installing new streetlights and for oversight services. The 87 homeowners paid for the service conversions on their respective properties.

Westlake Avenue is a main thoroughfare between Junipero Serra Boulevard and Mission Street. Daly City had upgraded the water system in this area before repaving the street. In addition to utility connection upgrades, the affected homes will also have more expansive ocean views.

“This neighborhood beautification project caused numerous inconveniences for the residents in the area. It surely couldn’t have been completed without their support, patience and participation. We commend them,” commented Daly City Mayor Adrienne Tissier.

For additional information about this project, contact (650) 991-8038.