Construction Update (as of April 9, 2018)
The Miramar Pipeline Repair project is 98% complete. Approximately five miles of the southern end of the Miramar Fuel Pipeline in the Point Loma area have been replaced to ensure the continued safe and long-term use of the pipeline. This project addressed the pipeline segments that were identified and prioritized for repair or replacement based on the 2008 internal pipeline inspection. Construction activities began in February 2016, and the last segment of new pipeline was commissioned and transporting fuel on March 8, 2018. Construction will be completed in Spring 2018.
Minor construction on the project's isolation valve stations and pipeline tie-in connections is ongoing and will be intermittent through April. The isolation valve stations allow the Navy to remotely control the flow of fuel in the pipeline during a seimic event and to isolate sections of the pipeline for maintenance. Intermittent work will occur in the following locations:
- The Tecolote Nature Center parking lot
- The southern end of Knoxville Street
- Camino del Rio West, near the Kurtz Street intersection
- Pacific Highway, north of Taylor Street and including the bike path
- Friars Road, north of San Diego River
Click here to see the map of the current and upcoming project areas of the pipeline route. The construction schedule is weather dependent and subject to change without notice. Please check this website for schedule updates or contact the Navy with project inquiries.
***For your own safety, please do not enter the construction work zone.***
Future Pipeline Projects
The next phase of work on Miramar Pipeline will commence in June 2018. The Anomaly Repairs project will repair 31 anomalies such as dents, corrosion, and metal loss at multiple locations at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Tecolote Canyon, and in the communities of Clairemont, Morena, and Midway District. The scope of the upcoming project is based on findings of the 2013 internal pipeline inspection. In December 2017, preliminary site investigations and surveys were completed. Properties directly affected by Anomaly Repair work will receive a construction notice in advance. Click here to see the Anomaly Repairs Notice.
A future project, currently under consideration, may relocate part(s) of Miramar Pipeline located in the Clairemont community of San Diego due to the encroachment of non-Navy developments within the existing Miramar Pipeline easement. Encroaching development diminishes the Navy’s ability to access the pipeline for regular inspection, routine maintenance and emergency response.
The ongoing work on Miramar Pipeline will enhance the overall operational safety, reliability and integrity of the pipeline in support of our nation’s military readiness.
Recently Completed Work
La Playa Restoration
In summer 2017, the Navy removed invasive plants and returned native plants to areas of the La Playa waterfront, a scenic recreational area for the local Point Loma community. Restoration efforts were part of the Miramar Pipeline Repair and Relocation project which relocated about 5 miles of the southern end of the Miramar Pipeline into the City of San Diego right-of-way. After approximately 1,100 feet of pipeline were removed from the waterfront, those project areas were restored.
Through a multi-agency collaboration between the Navy, Port of San Diego, Army Corps of Engineers, and community stakeholders the restoration was strategically designed to reintroduce diverse native flora, stabilize eroded banks, maintain the natural beauty of the waterfront, and ensure recreational access.
The restoration areas are closed as the new plants are becoming established. Neighbor support is
needed to keep the plants healthy and the slopes stable for the long-term success of the restoration project. Please:
• Stay out of the restoration areas
• Keep pets on leash
• Do not let pets deposit waste in the restoration areas
• Use only designated paths
• Do not cut or damage the fence
To report damaging pet activities, call:
County of San Diego Department of Animal Services
To report vandalism or other unlawful activity, call:
Harbor Police (Dispatch)
The restoration fence and on-grade irrigation system with its associated solar panels will be removed when the plants are established or the restoration areas no longer need protection. Ultimately, restoration efforts on the La Playa waterfront will reduce invasive plant species and provide long-term stability to the banks by reintroducing native plant species appropriate for the environment.
A variety of native plants were selected to enhance the existing wetland plants and to provide much needed stability. The varied planting palette provides layers of vegetation and varying root systems that together provide ground and surface erosion control for slopes. Once established, native plants are low maintenance and do not need to be watered. The majority of the fully grown native plants are expected to be 3 to 4 feet in height.
La Playa Restoration Plants
The various native species planted include:
- Saltgrass (Distichlis spicata)
- Alkali heath (Frankenia salina)
- Pickleweed (Salicornia sp.)
- Western marsh-rosemary (Limonium californicum)
- Coast sagebrush (Artemisia californica)
- Coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis)
- Coast sunflower (Encelia californica)
- Common tarweed (Deinandra fasciculata)
- California buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum)
To see the Winter 2018 La Playa construction notice, click here.
The Navy has a project email address and information phone line for inquiries. Updates will also be posted here on the project website, and on Twitter and Facebook.