SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – It has taken months for crews with SDG&E to install an electrical transmission line under Pomerado Road in Scripps Ranch.
As the project began to wind down, crews started to piece the roadway back together, but residents in the area said SDG&E only repaved half of it and they want what was promised.
“We have only four exits from the community in the whole place. This is one of the main ones,” said Wally Wulfeck.
Wulfeck lives in Scripps Ranch. He also serves as the area’s planning group chair. He said anyone who has driven on Pomerado Road lately, usually notices two things: the eastern portion from Avenida Magnifica to Spring Canyon Road nice paved, and everything west of that to Interstate-15 not paved.
Wulfeck said SDG&E has spent about a year installing an underground transmission line. He said while they have repaved half of the road, they left the other half worse than it already was.
The issue has also upset business owners in the Ranch Shopping Center. Market at the Ranch Store owner, Jamel Ruffo, said not only does the road look bad, but “it’s annoying. It’s a big time annoying.”
Ruffo and others in the shopping center have lost business because of the construction. “It hurt my business. A lot of people could not get in, there is no exit.”
Wulfeckis urging both the city and SDG&E to fix the problem. “It was our understanding that the road would be repaired better than it was before they started digging.”
Councilmember Mark Kersey sent a letter to SDG&E asking that the road be repaved as soon as possible. On Wednesday, the city released a statement to News 8 which said in part: “SDG&E must complete the resurfacing of the area per the requirements of the permit prior to city acceptance.”
News 8 also reached out to SDG&E. Spokesperson Allison Torres could not provide exact details as to why the road was left unpaved. She said the project is not finished and that they are working with the city to come up with a solution.
“So we have not committed to saying yes or no on the road repavement. It’s an ongoing process,” said Torres.