Friday, March 29, 2013

Upcoming Saturday Work Planned Around Mission Blvd. in Fremont

On Saturdays March 30, April 6 and April 13, positioning of guide beams will take place between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Workers using a crane will move a guide beam to install a temporary on-ramp bridge. When completely installed, this bridge will ensure uninterrupted access to the I-680.

We ask that you reduce speed while driving past the active construction site on Mission Blvd. and obey our safety signs while walking around the work areas. The northern sidewalk along Mission Blvd. is closed, and heavy machinery and excavated pits make it dangerous for joggers and pedestrians. Pedestrians should cross and use the south side of Mission Blvd.

Work will take place on the highlighted length of Mission Blvd., 
and parallel to the highlighted on-ramp.

The contractor will employ best management practices to control noise, dust and other disturbances around the site.

If you have questions or concerns, please call our 24-hour answering service at 866-973-1476.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Project Update: Additional Sound Fencing Installed on Tissiack Way

As construction continues in Fremont, homeowners along Tissiack Place may have noticed the installation of additional sound fencing along the perimeter of the work area. The taller fencing was installed to ensure that noise disturbances to the residents are softened and dust does not escape our construction area.

These polymer sound walls will remain up for the duration of the project and have proven to be effective in reducing construction-related noise on past construction projects.

Learn more about the polymer sound walls.

Keeping Businesses Informed

Last week, the SFPUC communications team spoke with business owners and delivered information packets by hand to keep nearby businesses informed about upcoming construction activities that may affect deliveries due to the project’s on-ramp closures.

The Mission Blvd. corridor is home to a vibrant range of businesses including retail stores, office parks and restaurants.  If you are an employee of a business in the vicinity of the Mission Boulevard and I-680 interchange or live in the Warm Springs neighborhood, register your email in the right-hand column to receive timely traffic-related updates.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Project Update: Night Work Required to Complete Temporary Water Pipeline

Upcoming Night-time Work

Closure of an I-680 on-ramp and five hours of night work are necessary on Monday, March 25 beginning just after midnight and continuing until 5 a.m., as crews complete a pipe tie-in that will allow continuous water supply to customers while we upgrade this major water distribution line.

Last month, a water quality testing apparatus was installed to ensure the delivery of high-quality drinking water to Fremont residents and others. As a next step, the contractor will remove the testing apparatus and install another length of pipe.

This five-hour timeframe has been identified to ensure that work is completed prior to morning commute times.

What to Expect?

This night work will involve some excavation around the on-ramp area. In addition, crews will also use a crane to remove the testing apparatus from the ground and to lay the new pipe. Water service will not be interrupted during this process.

The contractor will employ best management practices to control noise, dust and other disturbances around the site. 

If you have questions or concerns, please call our 24-hour answering service at 866-973-1476

Why Night Time Work?

The regional water delivery pipelines in need of replacement are located directly under the I-680 freeway and the on/off-ramps of Mission Blvd. In order to access the pipeline, a phased traffic handling plan will be in place. This overnight on-ramp closure is one of a handful of traffic diversions that this project will require along this busy traffic corridor.
  The SFPUC, Caltrans and other governmental agencies have been working with the contractor on this phased traffic approach plan.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Nesting Season Arrives & Construction Continues while Keeping Birds Safe

Spring is here, and with it comes the primary nesting season for California’s birds. The SFPUC WSIP environmental team is taking precautions to discourage native species from setting up camp in trees where they may be disturbed by passing trucks and drilling activities.

To ensure the protection of the bird species, WSIP biologists Elizabeth Gruenstein (pictured to the right) and Jill Grant are hanging shiny nesting deterrents in trees around the BDPL3&4 jobsite in Fremont. Owl shapes, “eyes” and reflective ribbon will scare away birds that come to nest near construction. In years to come, birds will return to the same trees to nest.  

White tailed kite and red-tailed hawk are among the species 
that biologists hope to keep away from construction.

The SFPUC communications team has spoken with a number of residents around the jobsite who have approved the placement of deterrents within their properties. If you have any questions about an unexpected object hung on one of your tree limbs, don’t hesitate to call our 24-hour answering service at (566) 973-1476. Thanks for helping us protect our wildlife!

Balloon deterrents have large “eyes” which scare birds 
that would otherwise nest too close to construction.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Project Update: Sidewalk Installed on South Side of Mission Blvd. at I-680 in Fremont

As construction continues along Mission Blvd., we ask pedestrians to obey our construction and safety signs regarding sidewalk closures. 

Currently, the contractor has installed a new sidewalk along the south side of Mission Blvd., north of the I-680. Residents are asked to use this sidewalk instead of crossing to the north side of the road, which is currently under construction. For your safety, please do not cross Mission Blvd. between I-680 and Curtner Road. 

Sidewalk Closure: On Mission Blvd. near Paseo Padre Parkway
Pedestrians must use the sidewalks marked in blue above. 
Sidewalks marked in red are currently closed.
While You Were Sleeping, We Were Working 
To date, the contractor has completed six nights of critical work including accessing and re-routing existing pipes below an on-ramp to I-680.

Play our short video to see photos of the action: