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Windansea storm drain project operational; additional work needed

aerial view of windansea storm drain project repairs also shows coastal erosion issue

A failed storm drain at Windansea in La Jolla has been repaired, but modifications to the natural landscape are needed to keep the drain operational.

The city of San Diego recently completed work on the 6933 Neptune Place emergency project, including replacement of the old storm drain pipe with a new reinforced concrete pipe; installation of a new curb inlet; and backfill of the adjacent slope with lifts of slurry (a mix of sand and cement) to provide stability for the storm drain system, according to city spokesperson Tyler Becker.

The work began in September, after a months-long wait and community worries about the collapsed bluff beginning in early 2023. 

City officials have now turned their attention to a nearby Windansea “blowhole,” a small opening in the face of the sandstone under the seawall, Becker said.

“The main challenge this poses is an increased volume of water entering the area during high tides that could erode or degrade the slope over time,” Becker added.

City crews will fill the blowhole in with slurry once the tide allows safe access.

The city will also install topsoil and vegetation on the slope at that time, Becker said, noting the contractor is monitoring the tides and work is estimated to be completed in the spring. 

Elisabeth Frausto

Elisabeth Frausto

Elisabeth Frausto has been reporting on and writing about La Jolla since 2019. With dozens of local and state journalism awards to her name, Elisabeth knows the industry as well as she knows her community. When she’s not covering all things 92037, you’ll find her with coffee in hand staring at the sea.
Elisabeth Frausto

Elisabeth Frausto

Elisabeth Frausto has been reporting on and writing about La Jolla since 2019. With dozens of local and state journalism awards to her name, Elisabeth knows the industry as well as she knows her community. When she’s not covering all things 92037, you’ll find her with coffee in hand staring at the sea.

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