Hetch Hetchy projects to disrupt Peninsula traffic 

Commuters using the northern part of El Camino Real may hit some delays in Burlingame and Millbrae over the next five years as the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission begins its major upgrades to pipes that run along the roadway.

Agency spokeswoman Maureen Barry said this and many other projects that could potentially disrupt traffic and businesses and close parks on the Peninsula are set to begin this summer.

“A lot of people commute there, live and work there,” she said of El Camino Real. “We will do our best to minimize construction during commute hours.”

While the major Peninsula road is not expected to be closed at any time, Barry said, lanes will be reduced and traffic detours will be set up.

Barry said all improvements are to increase the quality, pressure and the clarity of drinking water.

This is one of 17 projects that are a part of the utility district’s $4.6 billion upgrades to the Hetch Hetchy water system, which supplies 2.5 million customers in the Bay Area with drinking water.

Barry said the projects on the Peninsula are upgrades to existing pipes, replacements of old or outdated machinery and seismic improvements in case of a large earthquake.

Each project varies in size, Barry said.



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