EMBUD Pipeline Project Set to Begin


    La Encinal Road is expected to be closed from early April to early June as the year-long Westside Pumping Plant and Pipeline Replacement Project begins.
    In the following phase, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) crews move to El Toyonal, where closures will occur between Alta Vista and Loma Vista. Through traffic will be restricted in the construction area weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. between May 30 to Aug. 13 and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. outside of this timeline.
    The stretch of El Toyonal between Loma Vista and La Encinal is the final phase of the project. Residents who live above the road closure will be required to detour around Hwy. 24 during the closure hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    “Every effort will be made to maintain access to residents’ homes, when possible,” said Kathryn Horn, EBMUD Community Affairs Representative. “When direct vehicle access is not possible, a shuttle cart will provide access to residents living within the construction limits.”
    Residents will be provided with a direct phone number to the shuttle driver, who will take them to and from their car/home. Vehicles cannot be parked on Camino Pablo or other major roads to use the shuttle, she said. “The shuttle will very likely be a golf cart-like quad cab.”
    An EBMUD project team will meet with residents to discuss impacts prior to construction in their areas, beginning with La Encinal early this month. Residents will be contacted with exact construction dates when those dates are set.
    Residents may be required to hold mail if the postal carrier cannot access their home. Horn advised packages should be delivered to an alternate location if a home is inaccessible. EBMUD is working with Republic Services, but garbage disposal has not yet been finalized. “We will be updating residents once our plan is final,” said Horn.
    Contact Horn at kathryn.horn@ebmud.com or visit www.ebmud/WestsidePP for more information.

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