South Coast Water District will be digging up some pricey dirt if proposed repairs to a tunnel and replacement of a sewer pipeline are approved.
The 55-year-old tunnel runs for about two miles from South La Senda Drive in Three Arch Bay north to Aliso Beach. The project and its effect on the environment are outlined in a recirculated draft environmental impact report available to residents for review at the district office and on its website. Written comments may be submitted through 6 p.m. Oct. 11. Oral and written comments were also solicited at a Sept. 9 public hearing.
"At one point they were going to gain access to the tunnel through [Three Arch] properties and the community was quite upset, but they are not going to do that," said former Mayor Kathleen Blackburn, a long-time homeowner in the gated community. "It is a big project and it was going to be disruptive to a good number of rate payers and that was a big consideration."