Archived News Release from 2010
For Immediate Release
ADVISORY - PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: Major Construction Work at Jefferson Avenue, Avenue del Ora, Alameda de las Pulgas
Construction Hotline: 1-800-571-6610
Redwood City, CA - July 22, 2010 - This is an update about the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) seismic upgrade of the Hetch Hetchy pipeline in Redwood City.
- The installation of a new five-foot diameter water pipeline underneath Jefferson Avenue, between Hawes Street and Nevada Street at Avenue del Ora will begin on Saturday, July 24 (it was originally scheduled to start July 19).
- Work at this location is expected to continue for up to two weeks, plus some additional time for final cleanup and detail work.
- This work will result in temporary lane closures and potentially significant traffic delays in both directions of Jefferson.
- On weekdays, work will take place between 9 am and 4 pm, and on Saturdays it will be 9 am to 6 pm. During those times, the traffic flow on Jefferson will be reduced to one lane in each direction. After work hours, all lanes of Jefferson will be reopened.
Avenue del Ora:
- Pipeline is already being stored along one side of Avenue del Ora; through traffic and turns onto Avenue del Ora are prohibited.
- Following the work on Jefferson, major construction will move onto Avenue del Ora, starting on or around July 29 and continuing for two-to-three weeks.
- Due to the narrow road, the amount of equipment, and the trenching that must take place, at times there will be very limited or no vehicle access on a portion of Avenue del Ora.
- During those times this will require some residents on that street to park further up the street or around the corner and then walk to their home. This very limited access may last for two or three days at a time, for certain homes.
- The work on Avenue del Ora will be completed by the time school begins at the adjacent John Gill Elementary School.
Alameda de las Pulgas:
- On or about August 2, work will begin where the pipeline crosses Alameda de las Pulgas, south of Brewster Avenue, continuing for about one week.
- At this location, Alameda de las Pulgas is narrow and on a curve making it infeasible to leave one lane open for traffic during construction, so the entire street at that location will be closed to traffic during this work.
- In order to minimize neighborhood disruption and shorten the duration of work, the contractor is expected to work both Saturday and Sunday, August 7 and 8.
Staff of the SFPUC have directly contacted and notified all of the residents whose homes will be impacted during this phase of construction. The SFPUC has a 24-hour hotline for questions and concerns about the construction, 1-800-571-6610, and also has a project web page at www.sfwater.org/penpl where up-to-date construction information is posted. Redwood City also has a project information page located at www.redwoodcity.org/pipeline which includes maps and construction updates.
This construction is part of the SFPUC Water System Improvement Program, a $4.6 billion bond-funded program to seismically upgrade and repair the regional water system’s aging pipelines, tunnels, and dams. The Peninsula segment is a 9-mile, 5-foot diameter welded steel pipeline seismically designed to withstand an earthquake, and will allow the SFPUC to take existing, older pipelines out of service for maintenance and repair. About 2.5 miles of the pipeline is within Redwood City.
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Christina Kerby, San Francisco
Public Utilities Commission
Construction Hotline: 1-800-571-6610