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 .

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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 .

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 .

 

 

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