Wednesday, December 31, 2014

PPSU Construction Update: Millbrae Restoration Work Begins in January

The contractor removed and replaced more than 900 feet of a critical water pipeline that 
crosses the Serra Earthquake Fault in Millbrae.

The project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., has completed pipeline installation in Millbrae. Crews will begin restoring the site to how it looked prior to construction beginning in January. Restoration will begin with backfilling the new pipeline and restoring the disturbed grounds to pre-construction levels. The contractor will also begin moving construction related materials and equipment from the staging areas. Once this work is completed, the staging area and the San Francisco Public Utility Commission's (SFPUC)’s right-of-way will be re-seeded with a native plant-grass species.

Permitted construction hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Restoration activities near Ridgewood Drive are expected to last through early 2015. Please keep an eye out for intermittent lane closures and traffic changes on Ridgewood Drive.

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 subscribe to this blog to receive project updates or call (866) 973-1476.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Night Work in South San Francisco Begins in January

On Monday, January 12, the PPSU project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin replacing three critical valves within the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s right of way in South San Francisco between Southwood Drive and West Orange Avenue.

These valves are a critical to the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System in the Peninsula. As a result, the contractor must replace all three valves in five days in order to put them back into operation by Friday, January 16.

With this limited construction time frame, the contractor will work 24-hour shifts for this five day period. To minimize noise impacts, the contractor will refrain from using loud equipment and back-up alarms after 8 p.m. 24-hour noise monitoring will occur to ensure noise does not exceed the City of South San Francisco’s noise ordinance and construction lighting will be pointed away from homes.

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 call the 24-hour answering service at 866-973-1476, or subscribe to this blog. 

Outlined above are the construction limits where 24-hour shifts will occur Monday, January 12 through Friday, January 16. The green triangles indicate the location for valve replacement inside the work area.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant: Holiday Update

As of December 24, 2014, major construction has been completed at the plant, however neighbors will still notice some work as the project reaches final completion over the next three months.

No night work is currently planned.

Through February 2015, our Contractor will continue building a new road inside the plant that will improve access for maintenance workers. All work is taking place inside the plant property.

Through early January, a small crew will also continue sandblasting and coating the new washwater tank located near our Millbrae neighbors on Sycamore Drive. In 2014 the project team completed the construction of five new filters. This washwater tank holds the water used to clean these filters during the filtration process. Exterior work on the tank is scheduled for Monday, December 29 through Wednesday, December 31.

The plant is now back in operation and capable of treating water from the Crystal Springs Reservoir System. The work was completed on schedule…just in time for the winter rains!

Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns: (866) 973-1476.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The PPSU project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin construction activities on Monday, December 8 within the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s right of way inside Shelter Creek Condominiums next week. The contractor will begin this work by removing debris, trees, and shrubs from the work area. Crews will also be relocating a water and electrical line outside of the work area, installing temporary lighting, and installing construction signage.

The PPSU project team is working closely with the Shelter Creek Condominium Board to minimize impacts during work for this project. Construction activities inside the Shelter Creek Condominium work area are currently planned for Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but in case of an emergency, night and work may be needed. Construction activities at this location will occur in two phases and expected to last through summer 2015.

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 call the 24-hour answering service at 866-973-1476, or subscribe to this blog to receive project updates.



Construction activities inside Shelter Creek Condominiums will begin Monday, December 8.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from the PPSU Project!


The Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) Project wishes you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. The contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will suspend construction activities starting on Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30, 2014. PPSU construction is scheduled to begin again on Monday, December 1 in Millbrae, San Bruno and South San Francisco.

Permitted construction hours:

  • Millbrae - Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
  • South San Francisco - Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • San Bruno - Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The PPSU project is 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 call the 24-hour answering service at 866-973-1476, or subscribe to this blog to receive project updates.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Harry Tracy: Holiday Update

Good news for our Millbrae neighbors! Sandblasting activities for the new washwater tank at the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant will wrap up no later than end of day Wednesday, November 26th. Painting the interior and exterior of this new tank will resume on December 1st and continue through mid-December.

Many thanks to our neighbors on Sycamore, Pinehurst, Crestview and nearby streets for bearing with us the last two weeks. We expect the next phase of work to be quieter, but please do not hesitate to call us at (866) 973-1476 with any questions or concerns.

The project team will continue to make every effort to schedule outdoor construction during the day shift. Periodic 24-hour work at the plant is expected through mid-December.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, a small crew is expected to work 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Work this weekend has been carefully planned to avoid disruption to the neighborhood.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2014

PPSU Construction Updates: South San Francisco & Colma Sites


Crews installing new pipeline at the Millbrae site in early November.


South San Francisco

The Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., continues construction on both sides of Westborough Boulevard inside the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC)’s right-of-way in South San Francisco. Permitted construction hours in South San Francisco are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. After the underground tunnel is constructed under Westborough Boulevard, the contractor will install the new pipeline in January 2015. This tunnel design was selected to not obstruct traffic along Westborough Avenue.

Colma


The contractor started construction activities along the SFPUC’s right-of-way in Colma on Monday, November 17. This work includes removing debris within the right-of-way, setting up the construction staging areas, and installing construction fences along the SFPUC right-of-way to indicate the limits of construction. Construction hours are currently Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The contractor will begin removing and replacing approximately 700 feet of aged pipeline in January 2015.

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, or subscribe to this blog to receive project updates.

Monday, November 17, 2014

PPSU Construction Activities Begin in San Bruno This Week


The PPSU project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin construction activities inside the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC)’s right of way in San Bruno the week of November 17. The contractor will begin removing debris within the right of way, set up the construction staging areas, and install construction fences along the SFPUC right of way to indicate the limits of construction.
 

Construction activities are only occurring along the right of way south of Whitman Way. The contractor may begin construction activities inside the Shelter Creek Condominium work area as early as December. Permitted construction hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Construction activities at this location are expected to last through summer 2015. During these activities, please keep an eye out for intermittent sidewalk and lane closures along Whitman Way. 

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, or subscribe to this blog to receive project updates.


Construction activities along Courtland Drive begins the week of November 17.


Construction activities inside Shelter Creek Condominiums may begin 
as early as December.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pipeline Construction Starting Near Ridgewood Drive in Millbrae

On Wednesday, November 5, the project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin removing and replacing approximately 900 feet of an aging water pipeline between 1100 and 1094 Ridgewood Drive in Millbrae. The contractor will start this work by digging trenches, removing the old pipe and replacing it, and then welding the new pipe segments together before closing up the trench.

Permitted construction hours are currently Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Construction activities at this location are expected to last through November 30, 2014. Please keep an eye out for intermittent lane closures and traffic changes on Ridgewood Drive.

What to Expect?
The contractor will work to minimize noise, dust and traffic impacts, but some disruptions are expected due to the nature of construction. Every effort will be made to keep these impacts to a minimum.
The contractor has implemented noise and vibration monitoring activities for this work including installing sound walls to help minimize noise. Dust control measures also include spraying water on the site and using tree chippings in the staging area to keep the dirt from stirring up into the air.

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

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Night Work Continues at the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant

A swing shift crew will start this Monday night re-paving a section of road within the plant, 4 p.m. to midnight (Monday through Friday).

Work will begin on our roadway next to Highway 280, furthest from residential areas. Noise monitors will be present to ensure decibel levels are within the allowed range. The project team has received permission from Cal-OSHA to muffle backup alarms on construction vehicles to the immediate work area.

Neighbors on Crystal Springs Road may notice trucks delivering asphalt and removing soil from the plant. After 7 p.m., truck traffic will be limited to 2 per hour. All trucks will be escorted by pilot cars.

Regular water treatment operations at the plant are currently shut down to allow for construction. The plant is scheduled to resume water treatment in mid-December. Major construction at Harry Tracy is on schedule and on track to finish by the end of 2014.

Your feedback will help us with noise mitigation. Please do not hesitate to call, 24-hours a day at (866) 973-1476.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Millbrae Neighbors Tour Construction at the PPSU Project Site

Millbrae neighbors living near the Peninsula Pipeline Seismic Upgrade project toured the construction site last week. This site tour helped create a visual depiction of construction activities behind neighbors’ homes, to show how the contractor is working to minimize impacts and to give neighbors an opportunity to ask the project team questions about construction. 


This tour occurred two days before Ranger Pipelines, Inc. started removing and replacing 900 feet of vulnerable pipe near Ridgewood Drive and Banbury Lane. Permitted construction hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. These construction activities are expected to last through November 2014. Please keep an eye out for intermittent lane closures and traffic changes on Ridgewood Drive. 

For more information, please subscribe to this blog to receive project updates or call (866) 973-1476.
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Friday, October 17, 2014

PPSU Tunnel Construction Begins in South San Francisco Next Week

On Monday, October 20, the project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin construction of the tunnel shafts on both sides of Westborough Boulevard. After the shafts are dug, a new pipeline tunnel will be built under Westborough Boulevard. Permitted construction hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The tunnel work is anticipated to be completed by the end of November 2014. The contractor will return in January 2015 when the pipeline is out of service to connect the new tunnel with the existing pipeline.

What to Expect? 
The contractor will work to minimize noise, dust and traffic impacts, but some disruptions are expected due to the nature of construction. Every effort will be made to minimize these impacts.

The contractor has finished clearing the site of debris, set-up the environmental containment fences and will spray water near construction activities to keep dirt from stirring up. For more information, please subscribe to this blog to receive project updates or call (866) 973-1476.


Pipeline construction will occur inside the outlined region.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Night Work at Harry Tracy

From mid-October through mid-December, regular water treatment operations at the plant will be shut down to allow for construction activities. Swing shifts or 24-hour work are expected. This is the final full plant shut down for this project. The project is on track and on schedule to complete major construction by the end of 2014.

Night lighting will be positioned to reduce visible impact to surrounding residential areas. Noise and vibration monitoring will be performed each night. The project team will make every effort to schedule heavy construction activities and deliveries during normal work hours.

Millbrae:
For this final shut down period, swing shifts may be required in work areas closer to our Millbrae neighbors on the following streets: Sycamore Drive, Crestview Drive, Larkspur Drive, and Pinehurst Court. All construction will take place within the plant property. Occasional truck traffic for concrete pours will continue on Helen Drive.

San Bruno:
Frequent truck traffic on Crystal Springs Road in San Bruno will continue through December. Trucks are escorted by pilot cars to warn motorists and ensure the speed limit is observed.

 Thank you for your patience during this critical water infrastructure project. The work is part of the ongoing seismic improvements, process upgrades and capacity expansion at the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant. Please subscribe to this blog (see right) for updates to the work schedule.

Please call our 24-hour phone line with any questions or concerns at (866) 973-1476.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pipeline Construction Begins in Millbrae This Week

On Saturday, October 18, the project contractor, Ranger Pipelines, Inc., will begin removing and replacing approximately 900 feet of aged pipeline at the Millbrae site near Ridgewood Drive and Banbury Lane. Permitted construction hours are Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. These construction activities are expected to last through November 2014. Please keep an eye out for intermittent lane closures and traffic changes on Ridgewood Drive.

What to Expect? How the contractor is preparing for noise and dust impacts

The contractor will work to minimize noise, dust and traffic impacts, but some disruptions are expected due to the nature of construction. Every effort will be made to minimize these impacts.

The contractor has implemented a noise monitoring plan, and sound walls have been installed to minimize noise. Dust control measures also include spraying water on dirt and using tree chippings in the staging area to keep dirt from stirring up. Traffic control measures will be in place to address lane closures and detours in the work zone.

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

Pipeline construction will occur inside the outlined region.


This is an example of sound walls the contractor has installed to minimize noise and dust.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Lower Crystal Springs Dam Upgrades Complete: Skyline Bridge Replacement to Start Next Year


With the WSIP upgrades to the Lower Crystal Springs Dam now complete, San Mateo County will be moving forward on plans to replace the Skyline Bridge, originally built on top of the dam and demolished in 2011 for reasons of seismic safety. Construction of the new bridge is currently expected to begin in the spring or summer of 2015 and finish in early or mid 2017.  For updates, visit the County website at publicworks.smcgov.org.  

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.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Night Work Continues at the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant


Night work on the new 78-inch treated water pipeline will continue at the plant through early September. This swing shift is currently scheduled Monday to Friday, 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Noise monitors will take readings every night near the entrance to the plant on Crystal Springs Road to ensure compliance.

Inside the new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir, work will take place 24 hours a day. Construction workers are coating the inside of the tank to make sure it is sealed and water-tight. Neighbors are unlikely to hear noise from work inside the reservoir tank.  

Millbrae
Concrete trucks are scheduled to use Millbrae’s Helen Drive this Friday, August 1st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enter the plant via the Helen Gate. Our neighbors on Helen Drive may notice a truck approximately every 20 minutes during those hours. Flaggers will be present to ensure safety.

Night work on the Millbrae side of the plant near Sycamore Drive is expected to begin after Labor Day. 


Please subscribe to this blog (see right) to receive automatic email updates with schedule and work hour details. You can also reach us 24 hours a day at (866) 973-1476.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Harry Tracy Update

On Wednesday, July 23rd, concrete trucks will use Millbrae’s Helen Drive to enter the plant between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Our neighbors on Helen can expect several truck trips per hour during that time, as workers place concrete at the Meter Vault just inside the Helen Gate. Traffic control flaggers will be present on Helen Drive to ensure safety.

Swing Shift Resumes on July 21
Beginning this Monday evening, July 21st, night work will take place at the plant from 6 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Work will be performed overnight inside the new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir. Neighbors of the plant are unlikely to hear indoor work. However, OSHA regulations (federal and state Occupational Safety and Health Administration) require backup alarms on small trucks and other vehicles that workers use during the swing shift.

On Wednesday evening, July 23rd, night work will continue outdoors to complete the 78 inch treated water pipeline that will carry drinking water to our wholesale customers. The pipeline crosses the main road inside the plant. Construction in this area must take place overnight in order to allow for normal plant activities during the day.

These projects are scheduled to take approximately six weeks. Swing shifts will be necessary periodically through December 2014.

Noise monitors will be present every night to ensure compliance with local laws. Please call us 24-hours a day at (866) 973-1476 with any questions or concerns.

Come Join Us at the PPSU Construction Open House This Week!

The Peninsula Pipelines Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) project will begin construction in August and to kick off the start of construction, the project team is hosting an informational open house on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Feel free to stop by anytime between 5:30-7:30 p.m. to learn about the project. This project is the last pipeline project in the region as part of the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program, and is expected to be complete in fall 2015.

WHAT: Construction Open House

WHERE: City of Millbrae Library - 1 Library Avenue, Millbrae, CA 94030 (Map)

WHEN: Stop by anytime on Thursday, July 24 between 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

WHY: Construction is starting soon on this important water reliability project. Project Team members will there to answer questions and let you know what to expect during construction.



Thursday, July 3, 2014

Night Work to Resume at Harry Tracy

Beginning as early as Monday, July 7, our contractor will resume a nighttime swing shift schedule at the plant. The swing shift activities closest to the main gate will involve installation of underground connection utilities for the new 11 million gallon treated water reservoir.

Work hours for the second shift will be 6 p.m. to 4 a.m. beginning early July and extending periodically through December. The night work will typically be Monday to Friday only, with Saturday night shifts added when necessary.

Some work must be scheduled at night to avoid conflict with normal plant operations and daytime construction. The plant continues to provide drinking water to our wholesale customers, and must remain online during construction this summer and early fall.

The project is currently on track and on schedule to complete major construction by the end of 2014. Please call us with any questions at (866) 973-1476.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

WSIP’s Last Pipeline Project Begins August 2014!


The Peninsula Pipelines Seismic Upgrade (PPSU) is starting construction! The construction contract was awarded to Ranger Pipelines, Inc. Pre-construction work is already underway with construction activities scheduled to begin in August 2014.

The PPSU project consists of seismic upgrades to three critical water delivery pipelines in Northern San Mateo County. These upgrades are needed to ensure drinking water delivery to our customers following an earthquake. We will replace segments of the pipeline, open-trench construction, surface restoration and installing structural support within an existing tunnel.

The PPSU project spans six improvement components in four different cities on the San Francisco Peninsula within San Mateo County: Millbrae, South San Francisco, San Bruno and Colma. For more details, view the project fact sheet here.

This pipeline project is one of more than 80 water improvement projects that are part of the Hetch Hetchy Water System Improvement Program (WSIP). The PPSU project is the final pipeline replacement project in the WSIP program.

To kick off construction, the PPSU project team will host an open house event on Thursday, July 24 at the City of Millbrae Public Library (1 Library Avenue, Millbrae, CA, 94030). The public is invited to talk with the project team about upcoming construction activities between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. To receive project updates, please subscribe to this blog or visit our project web page www.sfwater.org/PPSU.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The WSIP Turns 10!


This year the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) turns 10! One of the largest infrastructure projects in the nation, the WSIP is repairing, replacing and upgrading our aging water infrastructure to ensure we can deliver water to customers following an earthquake. We’ve gotten a little nostalgic about how far we’ve come in the last 10 years, and we would like to share this video with you.



Now 80 percent complete, the WSIP has already provided increased reliability to the water supply for customers as a result of the completion of some of the program’s major projects. The program has created over 6 million construction craft hours to date, employing more than 11,000 workers since 2007. Nearly half of those workers live in our four-county service area.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Upcoming Night Work at Harry Tracy

The project team expects night work to begin at the plant on Tuesday, May 27th. The new shift is scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., Monday through Friday until mid-July. Saturday work will continue as usual, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This swing shift is needed to construct a 78-inch treated water pipeline within the plant property. The new pipeline runs through the main road of the plant. Work in this area must be scheduled at night to avoid conflict with daytime construction and normal plant operations.

The plant is currently online to treat water from the Crystal Springs Reservoir System and provide water to wholesale customers in San Mateo County.

Please subscribe to this site (see right) for automatic updates to the work schedule.

Night lighting is pointed downward and faced away from residential areas. Noise monitors will be present every night during the swing shift to maintain compliance with local ordinances, and deliveries are scheduled during the day shift.

Please call our 24-hour phone line at (866) 973-1476 with any questions or concerns.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Concrete Deliveries on Helen Drive – Monday, May 12th

Project crews expect three concrete trucks to access the Harry Tracy Plant via Helen Drive on Monday afternoon, May 12.    Deliveries will occur between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., approximately one trip each way every thirty minutes.

Traffic control measures will be present where needed to ensure safety.

If you have any questions or concerns about the work, please call us 24 hours a day at (866) 973-1476.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Latest Look Inside New Treated Water Reservoir

The Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant project is nearly 80% complete and on schedule to finish major construction in December 2014.

Inside the new Treated Water Reservoir on April 15, 2014
Since work began in 2011, construction workers have logged more than 900,000 hours on the job for this important infrastructure investment. In recent months, the Contractor has continued building new filters, washwater tanks, and a new Treated Water Sampling Building.

The new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir is the largest and most complex part of the Harry Tracy construction. The Contractor has completed concrete placement for each of the 88 columns inside the reservoir that will help it withstand a major seismic event. 

The plant is currently online and capable of drawing raw water from the Crystal Springs Reservoir System to provide to our customers. By December 2014, Harry Tracy will be able to reliably provide up to 140 million gallons per day, for 60 days, within 24 hours of a major earthquake on the San Andreas Fault.

Please call our 24-hour phone line at (866) 973-1476 with questions.

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Harry Tracy Work Schedule Update

The Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant is scheduled to resume full operations by April 1st. Since late February, water treatment has been “shut down” to allow for specific construction activities.

The weekend of March 22 and 23, the project team will work both Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. We expect indoor activities only before 9 a.m. and on Sunday.

The plant is typically online during construction, drawing and treating water from the Crystal Springs Reservoir System for delivery to wholesale customers. To accommodate project construction and connections to the system, it is taken off-line for limited periods.

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please call us 24-hours a day at (866) 973-1476.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Truck Hauling on Helen Drive, March 10 to 14

Crews from the nearby Crystal Springs/San Andreas Transmission System Upgrade project are seismically reinforcing a tunnel at San Andreas Lake.

From March 10th through 14th , trucks will be using the Helen Gate entrance of the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant to deliver a lightweight type of concrete called “cell-crete.”

We expect approximately 10 round trips a day along Helen Drive in Millbrae during the project work hours, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Flaggers will be present for safety and trucks will be scheduled to avoid the Meadows Elemetary School drop-off and pick-up times.

A wheel washing station is set up at the plant’s exit to clean truck tires before they return to Millbrae streets.

Please call us 24-hours a day with any questions or concerns about this work at (866) 973-1476.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

San Bruno Traffic Advisory for March 3rd and 4th

On Monday morning, March 3rd, a large crane will be delivered to the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant in San Bruno before 7 a.m. in order to avoid the morning rush hour. The crane will be escorted and piloted up Crystal Springs Road from Cunningham Drive.

On both Monday and Tuesday, March 3 and 4, large machinery will be delivered to the plant between 9:15 a.m. and noon. We expect traffic delays on Crystal Springs Road between Cunningham and Crestmoor Drive during these periods.

Traffic control specialists will direct traffic through one open lane on Crystal Springs Road for most of the morning. The entire road will close for approximately 10 minutes for the equipment to turn the corner into the plant entrance.

Please call us at (866) 973-1476, 24-hours a day, with any questions or concerns. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

Harry Tracy Construction Update

Saturday Work
This Saturday, February 22nd, our neighbors along Crystal Springs Road may hear more noise than usual, as work continues on a small building close to the main road. A noise monitor will be present to ensure compliance with local limits. Saturday work hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No work is scheduled for Sunday. 

Helen Drive in Millbrae
From March 10th through 14th, crews for the Crystal Springs/San Andreas Transmission System upgrade project will seismically reinforce a tunnel at San Andreas Lake.

Limited truck hauling is planned on Helen Drive to deliver materials via the Helen Gate entrance. Approximately 10 round trips per day are expected during the hours of 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Flaggers will be present to ensure safety.

Night Work
This month marks our sixth full plant shutdown since the project began in March 2011.

The plant is typically online in order to draw raw water from the Crystal Springs Reservoir System and treat water for our wholesale customers. Plant operations are occasionally “shut down” for designated short periods to allow for intensive construction.

Evening shifts and night work are not currently planned, but could be scheduled any time between now and April 1st. The project work hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You may notice increased daytime work during this period. If a night shift is scheduled, the project team will make every effort to keep activities limited to indoor work. Please subscribe (see right) to this site for automatic schedule updates.

Please call us 24 hours a day at (866) 973-1476 with any questions or concerns.

Photo above: new 11 million gallon Treated Water Reservoir as of February 2014.