By Karen Billing
The Torrey Hills community is dealing with some street surface problems. As discussed at its June 26 meeting, the Torrey Hills Community Planning Board believes that the problem is the city used the wrong slurry seal on their community streets.
“It’s the wrong product,” said Brad Fagan, a member of the planning board. “It should be applied to 40-year-old streets. The seal is crumbling and too soft and any tire move makes a mark.”
Janie Hoover, District 1 Councilmember Sherri Lightner’s community representative, responded quickly to residents’ complaints about the debris the seal leaves behind and had a street sweeper come out to clean the roadways.
Board member Guy Ravad said that while he appreciated the street sweeping, it did not help the problem because it just swept the “rubble” onto the sidewalk and people’s driveways.
“(Street sweeping) is a waste of time and money, making the streets worse,” Ravad said.
Ravad said a city engineer told him that residents aren’t driving in and out of their driveways correctly, causing the marking and debris.
One area of Torrey Hills where the problem is highly visible is near the construction of Garden Communities’ 384 new housing units on Calle Mar de Mariposa and East Ocean Air Drive. The streets have become stained dirt from the construction grading.
“We are struggling with the streets,” admitted Dee Snow, Garden Communities project manager. “The slurry sand seal is an inappropriate finish…the streets are brown and the street sweeping is not working.”
Snow said they have been trying to work with a hydro-vac company to get a truck out to clean the streets. The project still has about two more months of grading, three to four months until they start working on the underground garage and 10 to 12 months before the building framing will begin.
In addition to the stained streets, the construction is also causing some other issues for neighbors. Fagan requested that Snow have a sweeper come through after the trucks in the mornings because the work is kicking up billows of silt.
“The community east of there is pretty inundated with silt,” Fagan said, who added that he knows not a whole lot can be done to prevent the silt rather than wetting the dirt.
Snow said that they welcome any community concerns and will try to deal with any issues that arise. Snow can be reached at (858) 200-2244.
For any questions or to request street sweeping, contact Janie Hoover at (619) 236-6979.