A multi-million-dollar public works project in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood is on hold after an unprecedented number of gas leaks. Now a city investigation is underway.
The project was supposed to be an 18-month to 20-month project to improve Haight Street, but just six months in, it has been shut down because of safety concerns.
The first gas leak happened in April as crews worked on a $13 million project to install water mains, replace sewer lines and repave Haight Street. By last week, they had reached five ruptures all on one block and merchants like the owner of Mom’s Body Shop have had more than enough.
“My business is down, everybody else’s business is way down too and it’s because they keep hitting the lines, causing the street to get shut down,” Dave Groeschel, the owner of Mom’s Body Shop, said.
In addition to the gas leak, there have also been two sinkholes…
“We went out and located and marked our lines. In this case, our lines were properly marked,” PG&E spokesperson Donald Cutler said… (more)