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Ground broken on H Street extension in Chula Vista

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CHULA VISTA (CNS) - Port of San Diego and South Bay civic officials today marked the beginning of construction of the $7.2 million extension of H Street out to the Chula Vista waterfront.

The stretch of roadway, when complete in about one year, will run between Bay Boulevard and Marina Parkway and connect the marina to the main streets on the west side of town.

"It's an opening, both literal and figurative, from Chula Vista to San Diego Bay," said Ann Moore, chairwoman of the Board of Port Commissioners.

"In about one year's time, we will be able to simply head west on H Street to get to the Chula Vista Bayfront," Moore said. "That means that the Port of San Diego will be able to welcome more people strolling in the Port's Bayside Park, sailing from the marinas, casting a line from the fishing pier or enjoying dinner with a bay view. By providing better site access, this project will also help us attract the future bayfront development that we deserve."

The extension is part of an overall set of projects to improve the South Bay city's waterfront. The projects included the implosion of the old South Bay Power Plant last February.

The list also includes the relocation of a San Diego Gas & Electric substation. The move was approved by the state Public Utilities Commission last month but still needs the approval of the California Coastal Commission.

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