Construction Update for November 5, 2021

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In this issue:

  • Schedule update: Chanate Road detour extended to mid-December
  • Please drive safely when near construction
  • Generators are crucial to pump out water, support fresh air system in deep shafts

* Scheduling information shown is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances

 

Schedule update: Chanate Road detour extended to mid-December
Due to previous unforeseen circumstances as well as the recent wet weather, the work on Chanate Road is taking longer than scheduled. Therefore, the detour of westbound traffic (including bicyclists) on Chanate Road between Terra Linda Drive and Humboldt Street is now anticipated to extend to mid-December 2021. As we’ve noted previously, the construction schedule is always subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the City and its contractors. We apologize for this extension, and appreciate your patience.

Please note that once the detour is removed and westbound traffic on Chanate Road is restored, daily traffic control and temporary lane closures will continue as other project-related work takes place. The two emergency vehicle access points (Terra Linda Drive/Lake Park Drive, and Andy Way/Baldwin Way) which are temporarily open will be re-closed shortly after the detour is removed.

As a reminder, during the detour, only eastbound, one-way traffic on Chanate Road is available. Pedestrian access is maintained on the north side of Chanate Road. If possible, please avoid the general area of construction throughout the project period. When using the detour route, allow plenty of extra travel time. Click here for a map of the detour. The City’s Fire, Police, and Public Works departments, and the project team have contingency plans to facilitate emergency situations that may occur during the detour of Westbound Chanate Road. If an evacuation is called for, construction on the project will be halted and, if necessary, the travel direction on Chanate Road (eastbound only during the detour) will be reversed to provide westbound-only movement for travel out of the area.

Temporary traffic signal lights now in place will be used only in the event of an urgent public safety issue requiring westbound traffic movement or emergency vehicle access on Chanate Road, during the detour period. Do not proceed when signal is red.

Please be sure to review the City’s Know Your Ways Out web page and neighborhood travel route maps.

Please drive safely when near construction
As work continues both below-ground and on the surface, it’s important for motorists to remember to drive safely, and be on the lookout for crews and equipment.

Some general reminders for motorists:

  • Check your speed and observe speed limits – never drive faster than is safe for the conditions
  • Use extra caution and watch for equipment and materials
  • Allow additional time to reach your destination
  • During working hours, watch for work crews
  • If going through the two temporarily-opened emergency vehicle access points (Terra Linda Drive/Lake Park Drive, and Andy Way/Baldwin Way), proceed slowly and carefully – access is in the northbound direction only.

Thank you for your attention to safety on the the roads!

Generators are crucial to pump out water, support fresh air system in deep shafts
We’ve been asked about the generators on the surface pavement at several locations in the project area, what they’re being used for, and why they are operating and causing some level of noise 24/7.

These generators are needed in order to pump out groundwater from the shafts and keep them from flooding. The generators must run 24/7 to prevent after hours/weekend flooding and damage to the equipment in the shaft (which causes delays in the project). In addition, the generator supplies power to the fresh air support system for crews who are working in the shafts, which are 40-45 feet deep.
We apologize for any disruption to residents due to the 24-hour-a-day operation of the generators. We have taken measures to reduce the noise, and are working to complete the project so they can be removed. However, for the time being running several generators 24/7 is absolutely crucial for the prevention of flooding in the shafts and the safety of work crews.