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

Paving Update

The paving date is being moved from Tuesday, April 11 to either Thursday or Friday, April 13 or 14, due to subgrade preparation requiring more time than anticipated to complete.

Graniterock expects paving to take one day, and the blog will be updated once we know whether it will be Thursday or Friday.  We appreciate everyone’s understanding and flexibility.

March Update

The arrival of spring and beautiful sunny days has allowed work to progress at a rapid rate.  Graniterock crews have been very busy over the last several weeks working on concrete, which will all be in place along the north side of East Cliff, from 5th Ave. to just past Assembly Ave., by Tuesday, April 4th, including curb and gutter, sidewalks, ADA ramps, and valley gutters.

Crews will then perform final grading of the base rock in preparation for paving, which is scheduled for Tuesday, April 11 weather permitting.  Graniterock will be installing the first lift of asphalt, and will perform final paving later on in the project, after all roadway areas have been constructed.

Paving day, on April 11, 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 as we achieve this significant project milestone.

Once the paving is complete, a new traffic control plan will be implemented that will shift traffic north onto the newly paved roadway, and work on the Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) wall structure along the beach side of the road can begin.  The MSE structure will provide a platform for the beachfront coastal access improvements, as well as protection of these improvements, the road and underground utilities.

The MSE wall has been designed to look like a natural rock formation, and therefore has a complex design which requires careful review before breaking ground.  MSE wall documents are being reviewed by the engineers at this time and will be ready for construction soon.  There may be decreased activity at the site for a short duration while the review of the MSE wall documents is completed.

The many rain days during January and February have further impacted the project schedule.  Project completion now falls in October, 2017.

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.

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