PWS Conveyance Project

Latest Update: December 6, 2022

All construction dates are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. Please note that some of the repaved roadways within the project area currently have only temporary striping. Final roadway striping will be done at a later date. Thank you for your patience.

Project Contractor: Garney Construction

City of Santa Cruz

Work hours are weekdays, 6:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 

Soquel Avenue

Pipeline installation on Soquel Avenue from Park Way to Capitola Extension is underway and expected to continue through December 14. This will be followed by work on the section of Soquel Avenue from Capitola Extension to Carl Avenue from December 15–22. Please anticipate traffic delays while driving along this route.

Laurel Street Bridge

The installation of pipe supports on the south side of the bridge is continuing through December 4. Pipeline installation on the south side of the bridge is scheduled to take place from December 15 through December 21. Please watch for lane closures on the bridge during working hours; use extra caution and watch for crews and equipment. 

Laurel Street

Pipeline testing on Laurel Street between California Street and Chestnut Street is scheduled to take place on December 15 and 16. Please watch for traffic control and flaggers in the area, and expect traffic delays.

County of Santa Cruz

Work hours are weekdays, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 

Soquel Avenue

Pipeline installation on Soquel Avenue near Paul Minnie Avenue is underway and expected to be completed on December 12. Beginning December 12 pipeline installation will begin near Forest Avenue and will run through December 13. Please watch for traffic control and flaggers in the area, and expect traffic delays.


Work hours are weekdays, 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 

Wharf Road

Pipeline casings are currently being installed underneath the Highway 1 overpass at Wharf Road and should be completed by December 12. Please be advised that full closure of Wharf Road from just south of the Highway 1 overpass to just north of the overpass, toward Soquel Wharf Road until December 12. This closure will take place during weekday work hours, typically from 8 am to 5 pm. Motorists should watch for flaggers, signage, and detours, including directing traffic to cross highway 1 at 41st Avenue. Motorists driving through the area should plan to use alternate routes during this time. Please watch for traffic control and flaggers in the area, and expect traffic delays. Subsequently, pipeline installation on Wharf Road near Soquel Wharf Road is scheduled to take place from December 16 to December 23.

Safety Reminders:

Motorists, 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.