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October 29, 2010 > Traffic Delays expected in Fremont

Traffic Delays expected in Fremont

Submitted By Brittany Chord, SFPUC

Installation of a new, 6-foot diameter welded steel drinking water pipeline is nearly complete in Fremont. Construction of the Bay Division Pipeline No. 5 - East Bay (BDPL5 East Bay) is ongoing across Paseo Padre Parkway near Grimmer Boulevard, affecting commuters who use this thoroughfare.

Crews will open a cut across Paseo Padre Parkway, laying and welding segments of the massive pipeline that will span from Mission Boulevard in Fremont to the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay Wildlife Refuge in Newark. Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Construction is expected to last up to two months and traffic delays are expected. Commuters are urged to use alternate routes during this time.

During work hours, two lanes of traffic will remain open and traffic control will be on-site to assist commuters moving through this area. During non-work hours, the trench will be covered with steel plates and traffic will be open in all directions.

Crews have begun installing pipeline at Mission Boulevard near Mission San Jose Park. Due to high volumes of traffic on Mission Boulevard, the majority of this work will be performed at night. Noise levels will be carefully monitored throughout construction. Work could take up to three weeks in this location.

BDPL5 East Bay is an essential component for maintaining San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System, which provides 25 percent of the water supply for the cities of Fremont and Newark and supplies water to over 2.5 million residents in the counties of Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco. It is part of SFPUC's Water System Improvement
Program, and is seismically designed to withstand an earthquake and will allow SFPUC to take existing, older pipelines out of service for maintenance and repair.

For more information and updates on BDPL5 East Bay, please call our Project Information Hotline at (800) 571-6610 or visit our blog at www.sfwater.org.

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