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For Immediate Release

Hetch Hetchy Water Pipeline Construction Work Underway; Baseball Field, Parking Area at Red Morton Park to be Temporarily Closed

Redwood City, CA - June 7, 2010 - Construction to seismically upgrade the Hetch Hetchy water delivery system is underway in a number of areas of Redwood City, and upcoming work requires the temporary closure of a baseball field and parking area at Redwood City’s Red Morton Park.

Scheduled to begin construction on June 15, the Kiwanis baseball field at the corner of Myrtle Street and Madison Avenue will be closed, since the pipeline right-of-way passes through a portion of the field. This work will require the removal of turf, fencing, bleachers, and other fixtures on the baseball field. The site will be safely secured with construction fencing for the duration of the work, which is expected to last through mid-September. Additionally, the parking lot adjacent to the baseball field will be closed for use as a staging area for construction equipment and vehicles.  Little league schedules have been accommodated by the late start at these locations and will not be impacted by this construction.

In one area near the baseball field, there are several redwood trees directly on the right-of-way which must be removed for the work to take place. While no trees may be planted on the ground above the pipeline, the SFPUC will provide for replacement trees to be planted elsewhere in Redwood City to mitigate for the loss of trees such as these. The SFPUC is working with local tree planting organizations to identify suitable locations for replacement trees.

Construction will also be taking place on the SFPUC right-of-way where it passes through part of Hawes Elementary School (on Roosevelt Avenue) and John Gill Elementary School (on Avenue del Ora). The work at Hawes is scheduled to start the week of June 14, and at John Gill in mid-July. Work at these two schools must be completed before the upcoming school year starts, in mid-August. During the work at Hawes school, the entire field and play area will be closed. The work at John Gill school will not require field closure. The construction areas at both schools will be securely fenced.

In general, work will take place from 7 am to 7 pm weekdays. There is the possibility of some Saturday work, as approved by the City, in order to maintain the aggressive schedule at these sites. The pipeline work is being done by a contractor hired by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), which owns and operates the entire Hetch Hetchy water delivery system, from which Redwood City gets 100% of its water.

Throughout the overall pipeline construction project in Redwood City, which is expected to last into the fall, there will be impacts including lane closures, street closures, dust and dirt, noise, and heavy equipment in the vicinity of homes that are near the SFPUC right-of-way. The SFPUC is directly notifying affected neighbors of all work taking place.

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 where up-to-date construction information is posted. Redwood City also has a project information page located at

The SFPUC Water System Improvement Program is 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.

Both the SFPUC and the City wish to thank the affected homeowners, motorists, and other community members for their patience and understanding during this construction.

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Paul Willis
City of Redwood City

Christina Kerby

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