Upcoming Traffic Control at Harbor Entrance Mini-Roundabout
On Monday, April 23, 2018, Graniterock Construction will begin work at the intersection of East Cliff Drive and 5th Avenue, as well as the entrance/exit to the Harbor concession parking lot. Ingress and egress of traffic thru the parking lot will be impacted. An approved traffic control plan will be implemented in order to mitigate this impact. This work is expected to last 2 weeks, however, any rain events or unforeseen circumstances may extend this time frame.
The parking lot entrance at 5th and East Cliff will remain open during this portion of the work, with the exception of two days during which it will be reconstructed and a third when it will be paved. The exit will be similarly affected. On the days the entrance is closed, signs will be placed at the two entrances/exits of the parking lot off 5th Avenue alerting vehicles where to enter the lot and indicating that there will be no parking lot access at East Cliff Drive.
Delivery vehicles will be unable to make the turn into the lot at East Cliff during this portion of the work and will have to utilize the other two entrances off 5th Avenue. Signs will be posted accordingly.
Working hours will be 8:00am to 5:00pm. Any closure placed in this area will be re-opened at the end of each working day.
During this time, pedestrian traffic will be detoured thru the parking lot near the south side of the Port District building.
Alternative Entrance Plan:
Shotcrete Finish and Site Amenities
Work on the Twin Lakes Beachfront Improvement Project is continuing to move forward with recent work focused on the coastal access improvements and coastal protection structure. Site boulders have been set and integrated into the planting areas and at the edges of the walkways. Planting areas have been established and will be ready soon to receive irrigation and plants. New stairs and the universal pathway have been poured which will help facilitate beach access during winter storm events when sand levels often recede. Seat-walls, which are placed alongside the walkway, have been poured and finish work has been completed. Sidewalks will be completed over the next few weeks. As mentioned above, construction of the mini-roundabout at the intersection of 5th Avenue and East Cliff Drive has begun and work on this area will continue over the next few weeks.
The final step to complete construction of the coastal protection structure is placement of shotcrete atop the CLSM wall which will mimic the natural coastal bluff. Shotcrete placement has begun and it is expected that it will take roughly 3 weeks to complete depending on weather and work flow. Once the shotcrete is placed, it must cure another 2-3 weeks after which the sandy beach area will be restored.
Project Completion Date
Recent rain has become a factor delaying construction activities. The County is working with the contractor to complete construction of the coastal protection structure and return sandy beach areas to public use by Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting. The County is also working with the contractor to complete construction of roadway improvements in order to restore two way traffic on East Cliff Drive as soon as possible and hopefully prior to the Memorial Day weekend. Other sidewalk, parking and roadway improvements will be open to the public as soon as areas are safe and public use does not interrupt construction activities.
One-way Traffic Flow on East Cliff Drive to Continue.
In order to maintain safe traffic flow through, and adjacent to, the work zone, the traffic pattern will remain temporarily modified to allow eastbound traffic only on East Cliff Drive between 5th Avenue and 7th Avenue.
Westbound traffic will continue to be routed north on 7th Avenue, west on Eaton Street, and south on Lake Avenue back down to East Cliff Drive. Two travel lanes will be restored at such time as both traffic and construction can be safely accommodated.
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 substantial completion of the improvements in late 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Grant funding for these improvements has been provided by the California Coastal Conservancy, California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission, and Monterey Bay Air Resources District.