February Update

The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. – Dolly Parton

 The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The many recent storms have replenished our depleted water supply, and have also provided many challenges for the travelling public.  County road crews have been working around the clock to repair storm damaged roads.  Please visit the County of Santa Cruz Public Works homepage at http://www.dpw.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/ for more information.

Fortunately, our site has weathered the storms with minimal damage so far.  Graniterock crews have been doing a great job of preparing the site for rainy periods, and monitoring and maintaining the site during the rain.  This means that when clear weather returns, they will be able to get right back to work.

Factors affecting the project completion date include weather and other unanticipated construction related issues.  At this time, the projected completion date is August, 2017.

The following is a week by week list of operations scheduled to occur through the end of February.  All work is on the north side of East Cliff Drive between 5th Ave. and 7th Ave., unless otherwise noted.

Week of 01/30/17:  Project on hold for design revisions.  Unable to work on Thursday or Friday due to rain and wet conditions.

Week of 02/06/17:  Unable to work due to rain and wet conditions.

Week of 02/13/17:  Form and pour curb and gutter.

Week of 02/20/17: Form and pour curb, gutter, and driveways.

Scheduled work is subject to change due to weather or other conditions.

For public safety, please remember to use caution while travelling through the construction zone.  Share the road with automobiles, bicycles and pedestrians, and observe all signage and detours.

We appreciate the public’s patience during the construction process and look forward to the completion of the improvements in August, 2017.

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

December Update

Construction area signage has been modified to better handle the high winds that accompany rain storms.  Previously, Graniterock had been tipping over the portable skid mounted signs ahead of storms to prevent them from being blown over by the wind.  Now, most of the signs are mounted on posts which have been sunk into the ground, and they will no longer be affected by the wind.  Signs that remain mounted on skids have been better anchored into the ground.

As construction progresses, weather continues to be a factor affecting the completion date, along with other unanticipated issues.  The projected completion date continues to be July, 2017.

The following is a week by week list of operations that occurred in December and are scheduled to occur through the end of January.  All work is on the north side of East Cliff Drive between 5th Ave. and 7th Ave., unless otherwise noted.

Week of 12/05/16:  Irrigation conduit was installed.  Grading operations continued.  PG&E installed a steel casing for a pole relocation.   Unable to work on Thursday or Friday due to rain and wet conditions.

Week of 12/12/16:  Continued grading operations.  No work took place Tuesday through Friday due to rain and wet conditions.

Week of 12/19/16:  Continued grading operations.  Graded driveways.  Installed storm drainage improvements.  Installed irrigation conduit.  Merry Christmas!

Week of 12/27/16: Finish grading.  Install forms and pour curb and gutter, and sidewalk.  Strip forms.  Install storm drain inlets.  Happy New Year!

Week of 1/2/17:  Install forms and pour curb and gutter, sidewalk, and driveways.  Strip forms from curb and gutter.

Week of 1/9/17:  Install forms and pour curb and gutter, sidewalk, and driveways.  Strip forms from curb and gutter, sidewalk, and driveways.  Install forms for curb ramps.

Week of 1/16/17Install forms and pour curb ramps.  Strip forms from curb ramps.  Begin installation of the keystone block wall near 6th Ave.

 Week of 1/23/17:  Complete forming, pouring, and stripping curb ramps.  Complete keystone block wall near 6th Ave.  Prepare subgrade and pave initial lift of asphalt concrete paving.

Scheduled work is subject to change due to weather or other conditions.

For public safety, please remember to use caution while travelling through the construction zone.  Share the road with automobiles, bicycles and pedestrians, and observe all signage and detours.

We appreciate the public’s patience during the construction process and look forward to the completion of the improvements in July, 2017.

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

November Update

Phase I work continues along the north side of East Cliff Drive from 5th Ave. to 7th Ave.  Phase I includes curb and gutter, storm drainage improvements, sidewalk, and initial paving along the north side of East Cliff Drive.  By the end of November Phase I work will be nearing completion and Graniterock will prepare to begin Phase II, which will include round about reconstruction at East Cliff Dr. and 5th Avenue.

As construction continues on the Twin Lakes Beach Improvement Project, we are faced with some of the challenges of working during this time of year.  The wet weather has had an impact on the schedule, but Graniterock continues moving forward with their construction activities and the project is still scheduled for completion in July, 2017.  The following is a week by week list of operations scheduled to occur in November, weather permitting.

Week of 10/31/16:  Phase I work continues on the north side of East Cliff Drive with the installation of storm drain inlets and piping.  Accumulated rain water from the storm over the weekend and Monday night was removed from the site.  Grading for curb and gutter, and sidewalks was performed.  The Port District’s dredge pipe and communication tower were relocated outside the Twin Lakes Beach project construction zone.

Week of 11/7/16:  Phase I grading work will continue on the north side of East Cliff Drive for curb and gutter, and sidewalks.  The irrigation system will be installed.  PG&E will be on site to relocate two utility poles.

Week of 11/14/16:  Phase I work scheduled for the north side of East Cliff Drive this week includes forming and pouring concrete curb and gutter.  Grading work will continue for sidewalks.  PG&E will be on site to continue their relocation work.

Week of 11/21/16Phase I concrete work will continue on the north side of East Cliff Drive with the forming and pouring of curb and gutter, and sidewalk.  Grading work will continue.  Excavation for retaining wall installation near 6th Ave. will begin.  No work will be performed on Thursday or Friday this week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Week of 11/28/16:  Phase I work continues on the north side of East Cliff Drive.  Concrete sidewalks will be formed and poured.  The keystone block retaining wall near 6th Ave. will be installed.  The roadway will be prepared for paving and the first lift of asphalt concrete will be installed.  Final paving will occur near the end of the project.

Scheduled work is subject to change due to weather or other conditions.

For public safety, please remember to use caution while travelling through the construction zone.  Share the road with bicycles and pedestrians, and observe all signage and detours.  We appreciate the public’s patience during the construction process and look forward to the completion of the improvements in July, 2017.

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

Tree Removal

Please Note: Unrelated to the County’s construction activities, significant decay has been identified in a large cypress tree located near the corner of East Cliff Drive and 6th Avenue.  The adjacent property owner has received a permit to remove this tree.  Removal is anticipated to occur in the next few weeks.  Removal of this tree is not required for construction of the Twin Lakes Beachfront Project. 

October Update

Construction has begun on the Twin Lakes Beachfront Improvement Project.  The following is a summary of what has occurred so far, and what is scheduled to take place in the next few weeks.

Week of 9/26/16:  Construction area signs were installed at several locations surrounding the project area, as well as three portable changeable message signs.

Week of 10/03/16:  Graniterock mobilized a crew and equipment to the site.  The first order of business was to shift the traffic lanes on East Cliff Drive to the south making room for the construction crew to begin operations on the north side of the road.  Clearing, grubbing, and demolition were performed to make room for the new improvements.

Week of 10/10/16:  Graniterock continued clearing, grubbing, and demolition operations.  Some trees were removed and two were moved to new locations.  A water line in conflict with the new improvements was relocated.  Rough grading for curb and gutter, sidewalk, and driveways on the north side of East Cliff Drive was performed.

Week of 10/17/16:  Storm drainage improvements on the north side of East Cliff Drive are scheduled for installation this week.  Forms for the curb and gutter will also be constructed along this side of the project.

Week of 10/24/16:  Finish grading for curb and gutter, sidewalk, and driveways is scheduled for this week on the north side of East Cliff Drive.  Concrete work will continue with the pouring of the curb and gutter in this area and forms for the sidewalk and driveways will be constructed.

Scheduled work is subject to change due to weather, field conditions, or other unanticipated circumstances.

For public safety, please remember to use caution while travelling through the construction zone.  Share the road with bicycles and pedestrians, and observe all signage and detours.  We appreciate the public’s patience during the construction process and look forward to the completion of the improvements in July, 2017.

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