PWS Conveyance Project

Latest Update: May 20, 2022

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


Project Contractor: Garney Construction

City of Santa Cruz • Broadway

Work hours are weekdays, 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Work continues up Broadway, with crews working between Cayuga Street and Seabright Avenue. This segment of work is anticipated to be completed on Tuesday (5/24) and subsequently, the next segment from Seabright Avenue to Darwin Street will begin. Work between Seabright Avenue and Darwin Street is expected to take approximately two weeks to complete. Please be aware of detours and traffic controls in the area. 

Community Reminders:

Pipeline installation across the Laurel Street bridge is anticipated to begin early this Fall. 

Aptos • Cabrillo College Drive

Work hours are weekdays, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Work continues on Cabrillo College Drive and is currently underway near Rosemarie Court. Work is headed east to connect with the Twin Lakes Church Seawater Intrusion Prevention well. 

Road Closure/Detour:

Today (5/17) and continuing into early June, a short portion of Cabrillo College Drive will be closed on weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. This closure will be from approximately just south of Rosemarie Court, continuing south to a point just around the curve toward the entrance to Twin Lakes Church. This closure/detour is necessary to safely accommodate work crews and equipment on this narrow part of the roadway. 

Community Reminder:

Crews will return to Willowbrook Lane to connect the pipes to the Seawater Intrusion Prevention Well by Willowbrook County Park. This work is anticipated to begin June 3. 

Safety Reminders:

Vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians will encounter traffic controls. Be aware of signage, flaggers, detours, and changes to lane configurations.  

  • Follow all traffic controls, and designated detours, and do NOT pass-through Road Closed signage; consider using alternate routes.  
  • Use extra caution when on any roads in the vicinity of the construction activity and watch for turn restrictions, equipment, and work crews.
  • Access to some side streets 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 temporarily uneven or rough. 
  • If there are questions about this work, please call (831) 475-8501 ext. 148.

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 simultaneously. 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.

Project Map

Map of all the components of the Pure Water Soquel Project. As pipeline construction continues along the route, this map will show that progress.