San Bruno to discuss reconstruction projects in blast area

In this Sept. 9, 2010 file photo, a massive fire roars through a mostly residential neighborhood in San Bruno, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

March 11, 2014 12:52:02 PM PDT
The San Bruno City Council is holding a public forum Tuesday night to discuss how to spend millions of dollars for reconstruction projects in the Crestmoor Canyon neighborhood, which was ravaged by a PG&E gas pipeline explosion on Sept. 9, 2010.

In the wake of the fatal explosion and fire -- which killed eight people, destroyed or damaged dozens of homes and tore through the neighborhood's roads and infrastructure -- PG&E established a $50 million trust to help San Bruno cover the costs of reconstruction in the blast zone.

To date, the city has committed more than $38 million of the trust to several projects, including the reinstallation of water and sewer lines, the repaving of streets, and the reconstruction of a neighborhood park, according to staff reports.

Tonight, the City Council will hold a public study session to help determine how to spend more than $11 million of the remaining funds on neighborhood-related projects.

Potential projects include storm drainage upgrades, tree replacement, crosswalk upgrades, slope stabilization and the replacement of a local fire station.

Information about the projects and associated costs can be found online at the Rebuild Crestmoor web site,

Tuesday night's meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at the San Bruno Senior Center at 1555 Crystal Springs Road.

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