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Excavation and Other Work to Begin on Downtown Underground Public Parking Garage; New Webcam Provides Online View of Work

Redwood City, CA - December 16, 2003 -

Excavation and other construction work for the downtown underground two-level public parking garage is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, December 17, a construction milestone event in what will ultimately become the new the retail-cinema project. The Redwood City Redevelopment Agency, jointly with developer BHV Innisfree Ventures I, LLC, are planning a major retail-cinema complex above the parking garage that will greatly contribute to the renaissance of downtown Redwood City.

The excavation starting tomorrow consists of digging approximately 30 feet deep and removing an estimated 90,000 cubic yards of earth – enough dirt to cover the football field at Sequoia High School to a depth of 45 feet! The “dewatering” process involves installing 32 wells around the site and pumping down the ground water to allow for excavation. The site must also be “shored,” a procedure entailing driving steel beams approximately 45 feet deep spaced every eight feet, and installing wood between the steel beams.

This work is expected to last until the beginning of March depending on weather, and the excavation will consist of hauling out at least 120 truckloads of dirt per day. The dirt will be hauled to the end of Seaport Boulevard where it will be used to help firm and settle existing soil at the site of a proposed marina development.

The City will have inspectors on site to help minimize traffic disruption and assure a smooth flow of trucks. The contractors on the project are required to take all reasonable measures to minimize dirt on the roadways, including watering and sweeping. It’s expected that the trucks will travel from the site up Middlefield Road, then east on Woodside Road to Seaport Boulevard. Pedestrians, bicyclist and motorists are urged to use caution around the construction site during this activity.

Anyone with Internet access can view the ongoing work via the City’s new construction project webcam, by visiting This webcam will remain active for the duration of the entire project, from the garage excavation through completion of the retail-cinema project. Information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and City government is also available at

Contact: Brian Lee
Senior Civil Engineer

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