PWS Conveyance Project

Latest Update: October 15, 2021

Garney Construction continues the installation of Pure Water Soquel pipelines in the following locations:

All construction dates are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances.

City of Santa Cruz • Laurel Street Update
Work hours are weekdays, 7 a.m.–4 p.m.

Installation of the pipeline continues on Laurel Street.

Reminder: The eastbound (toward downtown) lane of Laurel Street is currently closed to through traffic from California Street to Myrtle Street. This and other upcoming lane closures on different sections of Laurel Street are anticipated to continue through October.
 Closures apply to vehicles, bicycles, and skateboards. Pedestrian access is maintained on the sidewalk that is opposite the construction work. The sidewalk on the side where construction is taking place will be closed for the safety of pedestrians.

  • Follow all designated detours and do NOT pass through Road Closed signage; consider using alternative routes. 
  • Use extra caution when on any roads in the vicinity of the Laurel Street construction activity.
  • Access to some side streets from Laurel (Felix, Blackburn, and Myrtle) may be temporarily impacted during construction.
  • There may be construction equipment or vehicles parked on side streets – please be aware of temporary “No Parking” signs.
  • Please watch for work crews and equipment and be prepared for traffic delays— allow additional time to get to your destination.
  • Some roadways may be uneven or rough.

City of Capitola • Auto Plaza Drive near 41st Avenue
 Work hours are Sunday – Thursday,  NIGHTS, 10 p.m. – 6 a.m. 

  • Installation of the pipeline on the Auto Plaza property will take place from October 10 – 23

This night work is entirely on Auto Plaza Drive, and motorists in the vicinity during the construction hours may see equipment and vehicles entering and exiting the roadway. Please use extra caution when driving in the area. Some nearby properties may see additional lights and experience some noise during this work.

Project Summary:

Contractors for Soquel Creek Water District are installing about eight miles of pipeline under various streets between Santa Cruz and Aptos. These pipelines will carry water to and from the Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility to the Chanticleer Water Purification Center (to be built) in the Live Oak area. Then purified water from the Water Purification Center will be conveyed to three Seawater Intrusion Prevention (SWIP) wells where it will recharge the groundwater basin.

Construction will not be taking place on all streets along the pipeline route at the same time. It will be a moving work zone, progressing up to several hundred feet per day. Work within a particular area could last for one-to-two weeks or more, as construction crews move along the pipeline route. 

In most cases the work will consist of excavating through the asphalt street surface, preparing the area for the pipelines, delivering and laying the pipes and associated equipment, then backfilling and temporarily patching of the street (to be resurfaced later). This work will require trucks, backhoes, excavators, and other equipment, with traffic control work crews on-site. In some areas, the pipeline will go across bridges where it will be affixed to the bridge structure. The work will require lane closures and short detours, and in some cases may require temporary complete closure of a segment of the street.