For the record, I asked them if there's any reason it's not possible to allow trenchless underground construction while rolling out the longer-term vision of creating a public utility.
I emailed Ronan recently and didn't receive a response...
larns576 wrote:zero9099 wrote:
I believe the SFPUC argued against it a couple years ago saying that microtrenching may damage the utility trenches.
Thank you for writing. We receive occasional questions about microtrenching. At this point, Public Works is responding with the information below. I am, however, happy to discuss further if you have thoughts in response to what they’re saying. My direct number is below.
FROM PUBLIC WORKS
Microtrenching seems like an easy and desirable solution for fiber deployment, but there are numerous issues with the method in a city as old and densely populated as San Francisco. Our sidewalks and streets already contain furniture, trees, utility boxes and vital underground utilities such as sewer, water and gas lines. Adding fiber on top of that would make it more difficult to access existing utilities and subject the fiber network to constant service interruptions and costly damage as other utilities would inevitable damage the shallow trenches.
Our City engineering staff has always advised that microtrenching is not a good fit for San Francisco.