PWS Conveyance Project

Latest Update: August 16, 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, 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Frederick Street

Pipeline installation on Frederick Street from Hanover Street to Gault Street begins tomorrow (8/17) and will continue through 8/22. Following that, work will continue on Frederick Street from Gault Street to Soquel Avenue from 8/23 – 8/26. Please be aware of detours and traffic controls in the area.   

Community Reminders:

  • Pipeline installation across Laurel Street Bridge is tentatively scheduled to begin in early September. Once the work gets underway, there will be lane closures on the bridge during working hours. Please use extra caution, and watch for crews and equipment. We will update the schedule as needed in the upcoming weeks. 

County of Santa Cruz

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

Soquel Avenue

Work on Soquel Avenue from Bostwick Lane to Soquel Drive is underway, and will continue through 8/19. The next segment of Soquel Ave to Highway 1 is scheduled for 8/22 - 8/26.

Upcoming Nightwork on Soquel Avenue at Highway 1 is tentatively scheduled for the evenings of 8/28 - 9/5. Night hours Monday through Thursday are 9 pm to 6 am and 12 am to 6 am on Friday.  

Soquel & Capitola

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

Sidewalk panel replacement has been rescheduled to take place from 8/16 - 8/24 at several locations (two-to-three days at each of these locations; not concurrent): Soquel Avenue/Mattison Lane, Main Street/Walnut Street, Kennedy Drive/St. Francis Avenue, and Soquel Drive at both Walnut Street and at Rosedale Avenue.

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.