Friday, June 17, 2016

Temporary Weekday Closure of Sawyer Camp Trail Segment Still in Effect

A short section of the southern half of the Sawyer Camp Trail remains temporarily closed to through traffic weekdays, from approximately mile 1-1/4 to mile 3-1/2, Mondays through Fridays.  The closure is in effect up to July 1 for public safety because of large equipment in use to prepare an adjacent area within the Peninsula Watershed for habitat restoration.

Meanwhile the first mile and a quarter from the entrance continues to be well used by midweek
hikers, strollers and cyclists. The trail is fully open on weekends. 

The work is part of a long-term project to bring back, monitor and maintain approximately 180 acres of native oak woodland and grassland.  The historic Peninsula habitats provide essential food and shelter for diversity of native California plant, butterfly, bird, and other wildlife species, some found nowhere else in California. 

This first closure will end by July 1, with a second one scheduled to begin  some time in August or September. A repaving  of the trail’s entire southern half will follow. 

Questions:  (866) 973-1476.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Part of Sawyer Camp Trail Temporarily Closed to Thru Travel M-F, June 13--July1

A section of the southern part of Sawyer Camp Trail will be temporarily closed to thru trail travel on weekdays, from mile 1-1/4 to mile marker 3-1/2 (the Jepson Laurel) on the following dates:

Monday-Friday, June 13–July 1, 2016
The trail will be fully open on weekends.

Large equipment will be in use on the trail to prepare the area for habitat restoration, and it is not safe for trail users. The entire trail will be open on weekends.

Although the trail is closed to thru traffic, it will be open for the first approximately 1.25 miles from the South Gate at Crystal Springs, and for approximately 2.5 miles from the North Gate at Hillcrest for trail users.

Bicyclists wanting thru access should use alternative routes during this period.

Future restoration activity will include the physical removal of invasive vegetation and trees that have choked out the historic oak woodland and grassland habitats that in turn harbor a variety of native plants, butterflies, birds, and other wildlife species—some found nowhere else in California. The removal work will affect the same segment of Sawyer Camp trail.

Future Schedule:
July 5 to July 29, weekday evening closures for off-hauling of vegetation: 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Tentative: August – October 2016: Trail will be closed weekdays to thru traffic for tree removal and off-hauling.

As part of the work, approximately 3 miles of trail will be restored and resurfaced, from the South Gate to the Jepson Laurel.

For more information, please click on the link at the top right of this page.  

Questions or further information:
(866) 973-1476

Friday, May 20, 2016

WSIP Update on Repairing and Upgrading Your Water Infrastructure!

It’s Infrastructure Week and here at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) we have been implementing the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP), a $4.8 billion multi-year capital improvement program, to repair and upgrade our regional and local water system infrastructure to ensure the SFPUC can continue to supply reliable water to 2.6 million people in four Bay Area counties, especially after a major earthquake. 

Check out what the WSIP has been up to over the last year. 

Remember #infrastructurematters!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Regional Groundwater Project Celebrates One Year in Construction

In April 2015, the Regional Groundwater Storage and Recovery project kicked off construction at the Linear Park site in South San Francisco. Only one year later, the project is more than 32 percent complete and overcoming construction challenges to reach the finish line.

Workers install steel rebar to prepare for the wall pours at the Linear Park well station in July 2015. On the right is the completed exterior of the Linear Park well station in March 2016.

In November 2015, the project started well drilling activities at the Treasure Island site in South San Francisco. The project completed drilling all wells apart of this contract in early 2016.

Construction crews finished installing new pipeline on South Spruce Avenue in South San Francisco in March 2016.

With these milestones successfully complete, the project team knows there is still a lot of work to be done before completion in October 2017.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Throwback Thursday at the Pulgas Water Temple

In honor of Throwback Thursday, we thought we’d share some old photos of the Pulgas Water Temple on the Peninsula from our archives. 

One of these temples was a fake constructed for the celebration of the first Hetch Hetchy waters reaching the San Francisco Peninsula in 1934. 

The other represents the real Pulgas Water Temple, which was finished about 5 years later. Do you know which one is which?  (Hint: the real temple does not have a roof).

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

SFPCU Construction Notice: Lane Closure Planned on S. Spruce Avenue between Huntington Avenue and Centennial Trail

Beginning as early as Monday, March 28, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC’s) Regional Groundwater Storage & Recovery Project will begin installing a new pipeline along S. Spruce Avenue between Huntington Avenue and the Centennial Way Trail in South San Francisco. 
  • The SFPUC will install an eight inch diameter pipeline along S. Spruce Avenue.
  • During pipeline construction, one eastbound lane will remain open to traffic from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All eastbound lanes on S. Spruce Avenue will reopen at the end of each work day.
  • Flaggers will be at the intersection of Huntington Avenue and S. Spruce Avenue to guide traffic during construction.
  • During lane closures, access to businesses and homes will be maintained at all times.
  • Construction activities are anticipated to last for approximately two weeks. 
  • This Project will provide additional sources of water supply to our Peninsula customers in times of drought.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Construction Update: Lane Closure on Colma Boulevard Begins March 18

The SFPUC’s Regional Groundwater Storage & Recovery Project is making great progress in the Peninsula! This week the project team began installing an eight-inch diameter pipeline along Colma Boulevard in the Town of Colma. Once the Project is complete, this pipeline will connect our regional water customers with a water supply that can be used during a drought or other emergency.

During pipeline construction, one lane on Colma Boulevard will be closed (just west of El Camino Real) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction at all times.
  • Pipeline construction will begin as early as Friday, March 18 and will last approximately two weeks. 
  • Two construction message boards are posted on Colma Boulevard to notify traffic about upcoming lane closures.
  • The Project is sensitive to traffic during services along Colma Boulevard and will adjust operations, if needed
Above is an example of what pipeline installation work looks like on Colma Boulevard.