Monday, September 22, 2014

Harry Tracy Night Work Update

Dear Neighbors:

We greatly appreciate your patience as we continue work on the crucial upgrades to the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant. Swing shift work until 3 a.m. will need to continue at the plant in order to complete this project and not hinder the ongoing operations of the plant to provide drinking water to our customers.

However, we are making changes to minimize noise. 
1) The project team has rescheduled certain noise-generating construction activities from the night shift to the day shift in order to minimize noise.
2) Outdoor work during the swing shift will end at approximately 12 a.m. Monday to Friday, and 9 p.m. Saturday. There is no swing shift Sunday evenings.
3) The Project has requested and received permission from Cal-OSHA to muffle the back-up alarms on equipment so they will only be heard in the immediate area.
4) Additionally, the contractor has been instructed to double its efforts to cover work areas surrounding noisy activities to attenuate the noise from travelling throughout the community.  

Because of the nature of the work, crews may work 24 hours a day inside the new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir. It is unlikely that this will be audible outside the plant boundaries.

Noise monitors will take readings every night on both the San Bruno and Millbrae sides of the plant to ensure compliance. Night work is expected periodically through December 2014. The project is 90% complete and on schedule to wrap up major construction at the end of this year.

Thank you again for your continued patience and support. These badly needed upgrades will help ensure a reliable water supply to our customers.

Please call us at (866) 973-1476 with any questions or concerns.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

PPSU Pipeline Deliveries Begin in Millbrae This Week

On Thursday, September 18, the project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin delivering and staging pipeline materials at the Millbrae site. Pipeline deliveries will occur Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. These activities are expected to last through October 2014. During this time period, please keep an eye out for intermittent lane closures and traffic changes on Ridgewood Drive.


Pipeline deliveries in Millbrae will be similar to the activity shown above.

The PPSU project includes seismically upgrading three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency. 


For more information, please subscribe to this blog to receive project updates or call (866) 973-1476.

Monday, September 8, 2014

PPSU Pre-construction Activities Begin in San Bruno This Week

On Thursday, September 11 the project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin pre-construction activities for the Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) within the SFPUC’s right of way in San Bruno. Work will occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and anticipates completing work on Wednesday, September 17.  The contractor will pothole at three locations: Shelter Creek Condominiums, along Whitman Way and near the San Bruno Chinese Church entrance to locate existing underground utilities. Please keep an eye out for intermittent sidewalk closures and traffic changes on Whitman Way.

Beginning in December 2014, the contractor will remove materials, set up the construction staging areas, and install construction fences along the SFPUC right of way to indicate the limits of construction. The installation of the new pipeline across Whitman Way and inside Shelter Creek Condominiums will start in January 2015.

The PPSU project includes the seismic upgrade of three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency. For more information, please subscribe to this blog to receive project updates or call (866) 973-1476. 



 Aerial of the southern limits of construction


Aerial of the northern limits of construction

Friday, August 29, 2014

Harry Tracy Update: Crews to Take Holiday Weekend Off


While night work is now underway at the plant, the crew will take a break for Labor Day weekend, Saturday through Monday. A swing shift is scheduled for Friday night, August 29th.

Crews typically work until 4:30 a.m., with some indoor activities taking place 24 hours a day.

On Tuesday night, September 2, night work will resume on the San Bruno side of the plant. The team is constructing a new 78-inch pipeline to carry drinking water to our wholesale customers, which deliver water to you and your San Mateo County neighbors.


When complete, the new Treated Water Reservoir will provide up to 140 million gallons of drinking water per day after a major earthquake.

In mid-September, we expect night work activities to begin on the Millbrae side of the plant. Please call us at (866) 973-1476 to make sure your address is on the mailing list for our next Construction Notice.

A new flow meter will measure the plant’s output once the new 11 million gallon reservoir is online.  



The work at Harry Tracy is now 85% complete and on schedule to finish major construction in December 2014.

Monday, August 11, 2014

PPSU Pre-construction Activities Start Today in South San Francisco




















Today the project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin pre-construction activities for the Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) inside the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s right of way in South San Francisco. Work will occur Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please keep an eye out for intermittent sidewalk closures and detours on Arroyo Drive and Westborough Boulevard.

The contractor will clear the project site of materials and brush within the right of way and begin potholing to locate existing underground utilities. The contractor will begin construction of a new tunnel across Westborough Boulevard in October 2014. The installation of the new pipeline from West Orange Avenue to Arroyo Drive will start in January 2015.

The PPSU project includes the seismic upgrade of three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency. For more information, please subscribe to this blog to receive project updates.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Crystal Springs Road - Harry Tracy Construction Alert


During the hours of 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. on August 6th through 8th (Wednesday – Friday), two water tankers will remove cement-filled water from the plant each hour via Crystal Springs Road in San Bruno.  

This is part of the efforts to ensure that the new Treated Water Reservoir is sealed and water-tight.

Pilot cars will escort trucks travelling along Crystal Springs Road to ensure safety and limit speed. Noise monitors will take readings on Crystal Springs Road each evening during this construction activity to ensure compliance.

Please do not hesitate to call with any concerns, 24-hours a day at (866) 973-1476.

Friday, August 1, 2014

PPSU Construction Begins in Millbrae Next Week


On Monday, August 4, the PPSU project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin construction activities inside the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s right of way in Millbrae. The contractor will remove materials, set up the construction staging area, construct a new access and install construction fences along the SFPUC right of way to indicate the limits of construction. Please keep an eye out for intermittent sidewalk closures and detours on the eastside of Ridgewood Drive.

On Monday, August 11 in Millbrae, the contractor will begin removing trees inside the SFPUC right of way to prepare for construction. Tree removal will last for a few weeks and we anticipate chipping tree debris on site and hauling large trunks off site.

The PPSU project includes the seismic upgrades of three Hetch Hetchy regional water delivery pipelines located in Northern San Mateo County. This project will ensure the pipelines can continue to deliver water to customers after an emergency. For more information, please call the 24-hour answering service at 866-973-1476, email miglesias@sfwater.org or subscribe to this blog to receive project updates.