November Update: Harbor Businesses Open During Construction

Temporary One-way Traffic Flow on East Cliff Drive to Begin November 20th

It has been a goal since the project began to maintain two lane, two way traffic on East Cliff Drive between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue to the maximum extent feasible during construction. When Graniterock shifted the two lanes to the north side of the road to begin work on the coastal protection structure, and installed safety barriers and chain link fencing to protect vehicles from getting too close to the excavation, the lane width was narrowed as much as possible to allow construction to proceed. While the lane width is within the legal limit, we have received reports of vehicles experiencing difficulty traversing the curve south of the 7th Avenue intersection. Larger vehicles, such as buses, delivery trucks, and trucks with trailers, experience the most difficulty.

In order to facilitate safe traffic flow around the curve, the traffic pattern will be temporarily modified to allow eastbound traffic only on East Cliff Drive between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue, beginning Monday, November 20, 2017.

Westbound traffic will be routed north on 7th Avenue, west on Eaton Street, and south on Lake Avenue back down to East Cliff Drive. Since the start of the project, it was known that at some point, one lane traffic would become necessary to complete construction, but it was hoped that it would not be until later on. Two travel lanes will be restored at such time as both traffic and construction can be safely accommodated and no later than project completion, scheduled for April 27, 2018, weather permitting.

Coastal Protection Structure

Sheet pile work has been completed and Graniterock has begun pouring the controlled low strength material (CLSM) that makes up the bulk of the structure. The CLSM will be poured in two foot lifts across the entire structure. Graniterock estimates it will take fourteen to fifteen working days to pour all of the CLSM, which will bring us to Thanksgiving, and maybe a couple of days after. Once all the CLSM has been poured, work will begin on the footing in front of the wall, and the reinforced shotcrete that covers the surface of the structure.

Parking

Parking within the construction zone is permitted only in the four stall parking area on the north side of East Cliff Drive between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue. Please observe all construction area signage.

All parking in the Twin Lakes area is included in the Live Oak Parking Program. Please visit http://www.dpw.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/Home/ParkingPrograms.aspx for more information about the program.

General Project Information

All Harbor restaurants, stores, businesses, and facilities are open during construction.

Twin Lakes Beach and the Harbor area are destinations for visitors throughout the year, and in all kinds of weather. For everyone’s safety, please use caution when moving through the construction zone, obey all signage, and please share the road.

We appreciate the public’s patience during the construction process and look forward to the completion of the improvements in spring of 2018. The completion date is subject to change due to weather or other conditions.

Questions and comments may be directed to:
Cristina Crocker, Resident Engineer, (831) 477-3956
Cristina.crocker@santacruzcounty.us

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Update 11/15/2017

The Contractor is placing low density fill material, a light concrete this week which will serve as the underlying structure for the new sea wall being constructed at Twin Lakes Beach.  The project is anticipated to be completed by April 2018.

 

Sheet Pile Update

Harbor Businesses Open During Construction

SHEET PILE WORK TO BEGIN THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017

Sheet Piles

The sheet pile operation has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 19, 2017, and is expected to last for two to four days. Driving of sheet piles may produce increased noise and vibrations in the area.

General Project Information

All Harbor businesses will remain open during construction.

Questions and comments may be directed to Cristina Crocker, Resident Engineer, (831) 477-3956, Cristina.crocker@santacruzcounty.us .

 

 

October Update

Harbor Businesses Open During Construction

SHEET PILE WORK TO BEGIN MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017

Coastal Protection Structure

Work is progressing quickly now that construction of the coastal protection structure has begun. Much of the excavation for the structure has been completed. Sheet piles are incorporated into the design of the structure in the area closest to the Harbor parking lot. The sheet piles will be driven into the Purisima Formation to a depth of two feet in some areas. The sheet pile operation will begin on Monday, October 16, 2017, and is expected to last for two to four days. Driving of sheet piles may produce increased noise and vibrations in the area.

Parking

Parking within the construction zone is permitted only in the four stall parking area on the north side of East Cliff Drive. Please observe all construction area signage.

All parking in the Twin Lakes area is included in the Live Oak Parking Program. Please visit http://www.dpw.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/Home/ParkingPrograms.aspx for more information about the program.

General Project Information

Many visitors continue to enjoy the Twin Lakes Beach and Harbor areas. For everyone’s safety, please use caution when moving through the construction zone, obey all signage, and please share the road.

We appreciate the public’s patience during the construction process and look forward to the completion of the improvements in spring of 2018. The completion date is subject to change due to weather or other conditions.

All Harbor businesses will remain open during construction.

Questions and comments may be directed to Cristina Crocker, Resident Engineer, (831) 477-3956, Cristina.crocker@santacruzcounty.us .

September / October Update

CONSTRUCTION TO RESUME

Coastal Protection Structure
Graniterock will begin work on the Coastal Protection Structure (CPS) on Monday, October 2, 2017.  A new traffic pattern will be established to accommodate construction of the CPS along the south side of East Cliff Drive on the beach.  This will consist of shifting both traffic lanes to the north side of East Cliff Drive, installing concrete k-rail barriers, and placing new striping.  Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during this portion of the work, which will last approximately three to four months, weather permitting.  For the safety of pedestrians walking through the area, a pedestrian detour around the work zone will be implemented utilizing Alpine Street and Assembly Avenue, due to the very limited space available to the travelling public on East Cliff Drive.  Please observe the pedestrian detour signs to ensure the safety of all.  Pedestrian access on East Cliff Drive from 7th Avenue to Assembly Avenue will not be available during this phase of construction.  With the installation of the concrete k-rail barriers, parking along the beach will no longer be available.  The four stalls located on the north side of the road will continue to be available for parking.

By October 4th or 5th, Graniterock anticipates beginning excavation for the CPS.  Most work will occur on the beach during CPS construction, behind the concrete k-rail barriers.  Temporary construction fencing will also be placed on the beach around the work zone. There will be increased truck and construction related traffic on the road as vehicles enter and exit the work zone behind the k-rail barriers.  People travelling through the area should expect delays.

Once the CPS has been completed, work will begin on the remaining roadway improvements, including installation of several large Eco Drain storm water infiltration boxes under the roadway.  A lane closure and detour will be required while this work is performed due to the narrow width of the road, and for the safety of those moving through the area.  The duration of one lane traffic will be kept to a minimum, and the public will be notified via this blog and construction zone signage in advance of its occurrence.  Detailed information will be provided in the days leading up to the start of this work, approximately three to four months from now, weather permitting.

Parking
Parking availability in the construction zone is changing.  Construction activities will soon begin in the area along the beach where parking had been permitted during this past summer, eliminating parking in that vicinity until construction of new parking has been completed.  The four stalls on the north side of East Cliff Drive will be the only area where parking is permitted within the construction zone.  Please observe all construction area signage.

All parking in the Twin Lakes area is included in the Live Oak Parking Program.  Please visit http://www.dpw.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/Home/ParkingPrograms.aspx for more information about the program.

General Project Information
Although summer has come to an end, the Twin Lakes Beach and Harbor areas still receive many visitors, particularly on the beautiful days we have this time of year.  For everyone’s safety, please use caution when moving through the construction zone, obey all signage, and please share the road.

We appreciate the public’s patience during the construction process and look forward to the completion of the improvements in spring of 2018.  The completion date is subject to change due to weather or other conditions.

Questions and comments may be directed to Cristina Crocker, Resident Engineer, (831) 477-3956, Cristina.crocker@santacruzcounty.us .