The noise was deafening on the corner of Sixth Avenue and C early this Saturday morning, November 7. A Roel Construction crew worked on a contract for SDG&E. Avoiding this intersection would be beneficial because almost two blocks of Sixth Avenue have limited traffic lanes. This morning, traffic cones blocked off two lanes starting from B Street to south of C Street. A flag person was on the trolley tracks, slowing down passing trolleys. Several workers used jackhammers and at least one backhoe broke up concrete.
“We are working on adding new concrete walls and lid for an SDGE electrical vault in the street,” said Roel foreman Jim Cecil. “It was built in 1948 using red brick and has been sinking for awhile. It is an inconvenience, especially in a situation like last night when the House of Blues had a lot of people on this street, but the work has to be done.”
Trolley riders were routed around the area by Metropolitan Transit System security personnel. Despite being 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, there were many gawkers, especially from nearby buildings where the noise would not allow them to sleep.
The sign on the construction fence states, “We apologize for the night time construction noise! Unfortunately, due to trolley and traffic issues, our permits only allow night and Saturday work hours. We expect to complete this repair work by the end of November.”