Construction to close San Miguel Drive in Newport Beach

Construction on a water main will close a small portion of San Miguel Drive in Newport Beach for more than a week, the city announced Friday.

The eastbound side of San Miguel Drive is expected to be shut down between MacArthur Boulevard and San Joaquin Hills Road from Monday to Nov. 8.

The stretch of just more than a quarter mile has to be closed so a contractor can install "a critical new water main" under the road, according to the city.

Construction is not expected to affect westbound traffic on San Miguel, but the closure could delay motorists along nearby arteries such as MacArthur, San Joaquin Hills or Coast Highway.

The construction is part of Newport's Corona del Mar Water Transmission Main intended to improve water supply to Corona del Mar for a $4.5-million price tag, according to the city.

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— Jeremiah Dobruck

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