August Update

Coastal Protection Structure

The next phase of work includes excavation along the back of the beach and construction of the coastal protection structure. The County’s contract with Graniterock requires the contractor to prepare a final engineering analysis for this structure prior to start of construction. Graniterock requested the opportunity to pursue an alternative to the structure which could reduce construction impacts and enhance its performance over time.  This design alternative would be internal to the structure and would not change the way the final project would look. The County is actively pushing for the required engineering analysis to be submitted as soon as possible and for construction to resume. The construction schedule for the wall will be provided as soon as it is finalized.  At this point, it will likely be a few more weeks before construction of the coastal protection structure begins.

Parking

The break in Graniterock’s construction operation has provided an unexpected benefit to the Twin Lakes area…parking!  The traffic control plan for construction of the coastal protection structure does not include on street parking along East Cliff Drive, and had work immediately begun on this portion of the project, the area would not have enjoyed the additional parking that has been available since May.  Parking along the beach side of East Cliff Drive will continue to be available until work on the wall begins.

The traffic control system, including barricades, delineators, cones, signs, etc., has been designed to provide a safe route through the construction zone for all. It is important that all components of the traffic control system remain as the contractor installed them in order to maintain safe passageway through the site.  Please do not reposition traffic control system devices.

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 and how to obtain a parking permit.

General Project Information

As the end of summer approaches, many people are enjoying their last days of summer vacation at the beach adjacent to the project site.  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 early 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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June Update

Our engineering team is hard at work preparing the MSE Wall documents and work on the structure will begin within the next few weeks.

Parking News
Parking has been made available in specific areas within the construction zone while the MSE Wall documents are being prepared. The Harbor Community’s, nearby resident’s, and public’s, patience during construction has been very much appreciated and we are pleased to be able to provide some additional parking, even if only temporarily. All parking areas are included in the Live Oak Parking Program.

Vehicles may park on the south side of East Cliff Drive along the beach.

On the north side of East Cliff Drive, vehicles may park in the designated parking area, which will accommodate four vehicles.

Daily and seasonal permits are available. Please visit http://www.dpw.co.santa-cruz.ca.us/Home/ParkingPrograms.aspx for more information about the Live Oak Parking Program.

Parking will be available in these areas until construction on the MSE Wall begins.

No Parking Zones
The shoulder around the corner of East Cliff Drive and 7th Avenue remains a No Parking Zone due to the narrow width of the road at that location. There is not enough room for vehicles to park on the shoulder and for cars to safely pass.

On the north side of East Cliff Drive, the only available parking is in the four stall designated area. All other areas on the north side of East Cliff Drive are No Parking Zones, including along the curb.

The traffic control system, including barricades, delineators, signs, etc., has been designed and installed with the goal of providing safe passage for all who wish to travel through the construction zone, whether by foot, car, or bicycle. When components of the traffic control system are moved by unauthorized persons, the safety of the travelling public can be compromised. We ask that those who visit the Twin Lakes area please refrain from disturbing the traffic control system so we can keep it safe for all.

As summer gets started, more pedestrians, bicycles, and cars are making their way through the construction zone to take in all that the Twin Lakes Beach and Harbor areas have to offer. We would like to remind everyone to please use caution when moving through the project site, 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 November, 2017. 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 .

Project Milestone Update

An important project milestone was reached on Tuesday, May 2, 2017. The roadway area that Graniterock has been working on since the project began was paved. Completion of the paving clears the way for work to begin on the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall along the south side of East Cliff Drive.

The asphalt concrete paving section on this project is five inches thick. The paving that was completed on Tuesday was the first three inches of the section. The remaining two inches will be installed over the entire road later in the project when all roadway sections have been constructed.

Review of the MSE wall documents continues. The complex design of the MSE wall, which will be built to look like a natural rock formation, requires thorough analysis before beginning construction. The engineering team continues their review and we expect to break ground on the MSE wall soon. Things will be quiet in the construction zone until the review of the MSE wall documents are complete.

Utility poles within the project site have been repositioned. The utility pole on the beach at the round-a-bout near 5th Avenue has been permanently removed. At the corner of East Cliff and 7th Avenue, two temporary anchor poles have been planted in the sand on the beach to support the newly installed pole at that location. Eventually, the pole will be anchored into the MSE wall, when it’s completed, and the two temporary anchor poles on the beach will be removed.

As the weather gets nicer, more pedestrians, bicycles, and cars are making their way through the construction zone to enjoy the beauty of the Twin Lakes Beach and Harbor areas. County Public Works would like to remind everyone to please use caution when moving through the project site, 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 October, 2017. 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

Final Paving Update!

Due to  sunny days and an earlier availability of crew, the paving along East Cliff Drive is now scheduled for TUESDAY, MAY 2.  Graniterock expects paving operations to be completed in one day.

Paving day, on May 2, will bring increased truck traffic to the site, which may result in additional delays to those travelling through the area.

We encourage you to access the harbor area and businesses via Lake and 5th Avenue and be prepared for delays along East Cliff Drive.  We thank you in advance for your patience.

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

Updated Paving Update

Rain this week has caused the paving date to be rescheduled to Friday, April 21.  Graniterock expects paving operations to be completed in one day.

Paving day, on April 21, will bring increased truck traffic to the site, which may result in additional delays to those travelling through the area.

Please avoid the area if possible, or be prepared for increased delays.  We thank you in advance for your patience.

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