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Residents Favor Filling Line 132 With Cement

The City Council today will be further discussing what to do with the pipeline that exploded in the Crestmoor neighborhood in 2010.

After giving the city feedback about Line 132, it appears Crestmoor neighborhood residents favor filling the underground pipeline—which has been decommissioned by PG&E since the 2010 pipeline explosion—with cement.

The to residents of the neighborhood following its April 24 meeting to get their input on what should be done with the pipeline. The section of Line 132 that runs through the neighborhood was taken out of service following the explosion, but the city just recently began having discussions about what steps should be taken to permanently remove the pipe from the neighborhood. The council will be discussing the results at its at 7 p.m. 

The city was looking at three options, which included digging up the pipe and removing it, filling it with cememt or doing a hybrid version of the first two options.

The results from the survey sent out to the residents showed that the majority of the neighborhood favors the second option. By filling the pipe, which runs down Glenview Drive from San Bruno Avenue to Sneath Lane, the pipe would be filled with cement through tubes already installed on the line and the project would take about three weeks to complete. There would be partial lane closures throughout the process, and PG&E would pick up the tab, according to a city staff report.

"As can be seen by these results, the public preference is overwhelmingly in favor of filling the pipe with cement," the staff report said. "Many of the comments that accompanied the survey results mentioned a desire to proceed with the option that would be the least impactful to the neighborhood."

Other items on today's council meeting agenda include:

  • a vote authorizing the council to send a letter to Caltrain expressing the city's opposition to adding additional railroad tracks following the completion of the grade separation project
  • the appointment of a new Culture and Arts commissioner
  • a final vote on the water, sewer and garbage rate increases
  • a closed session in which the city will be under negotiations with PG&E about 1721 Earl Avenue, one of the homes destroyed in the 2010 fire that PG&E has since purchased

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Will Stevens May 22, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I think you mean they are going to fill it with concrete. Cement is just a bonding agent.
Martin Ricard (Editor) May 22, 2012 at 04:02 PM
You're probably right, but I was going by how the city explained it. The staff report said cement.
Ed Chejlava May 23, 2012 at 07:09 PM
Since PG&E is paying I would think that we'd rather have it filled with platinum.
Alan Lubke May 25, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Pipeline 132 is currently inactive between the San Andreas station at the southern end of San Bruno along Skyline Blvd. and the Healy Station on Crestwood Drive in the Rollingwood subdivision. This entire section of the line will be fully abandoned, decommissioned and filled, not just the segment in the Glenview subdivision.
Martin Ricard (Editor) May 25, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Thanks for adding that information, Alan.

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