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Workers have placed a temporary water main atop the Jimmy Durante Boulevard Bridge to serve the Del Mar Fairgrounds and other customers until damaged lines beneath the structure are replaced.
Fresh water service was interrupted briefly in August after one of two, 12-inch pipes failed. Within hours, crews completed emergency repairs. Subsequent inspections have revealed cracks and corrosion along the aging lines.
The temporary water line installed this month runs along the sidewalk next to northbound lanes. The sidewalk remains open. No interruption of service was needed to activate the temporary line, which will remain in place until the permanent lines are replaced.
That project is in the planning stages and is expected to begin in early 2019.