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Constuction on Drumm St is on holiday break through the end of 2013. Northbound traffic lanes and pedestrian walkways will stay open during that time. Crews will resume work on or after January 2, 2014.
Work at the Market St Plaza will continue inside the barrier after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Crews will only be working inside the fenced-in area (in the sewers) to remove the existing pipe from underground.
Work is ongoing at the intersection of Howard and Spear Streets. Work started on September 30, with a total duration of 6 to 8 months, depending on weather and utility conflicts encountered. Traffic lane changes on Howard St between Steuart St and Main St will stay in effect during that time. Crews will go on holiday break after December 20th through the end of the year. Work will resume again on or after January 2014.
What to expect during the work at the Howard/Spear intersection:
* Access to all parking garages and buildings will be open at all times on both Spear and Howard streets.
* Eastbound traffic on Howard St between Main St and Spear St to turn right onto Spear St. south.
* MUNI bus stop for 30X on the northeast side of Howard/Spear will be relocated to the southwest corner of Steuart/Howard.
* Some street parking will be removed 24 hours in the work area (around the northeastern corner of Howard and Spear) to facilitate traffic. Please see posted signs for exact details.
* Parking Lot on 75 Howard St: Access to lot will be available at all times; vehicles can travel to the lot from Steuart St or The Embarcadero to enter, and can exit by either taking a right to The Embarcadero or left to continue on Howard St. westbound.
Regular Work Days & Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.
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Other SFPUC Construction Activities Nearby: Empire Engineering & Construction, contractor for the SFPUC, will begin the installation of a new 8” water main pipe on Jackson St from Stockton to Grant & Sansome to Front; Washington St from Davis to Battery; Sacramento St from Battery to Drumm (crews will replace the sewer main on Sacramento between Front & Battery); and Davis St from Sacramento to Market. This project will replace pipes in the street that are approaching the end of their useful life. While the projects are unrelated, there will be coordination between these projects to minimize impacts. For more information on the water main installation project, please see the public notice.
Construct a bypass to the existing North Shore Force Main with a redundant pipeline so that this existing pressurized sewer pipeline can be taken off line for repairs without disruption to service or sewage overflows to the Bay.
The existing force main is near the end of its useful life and has failed twice in 2008, and most recently in March 2012. Currently this pipeline transports combined wastewater to the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant -- serving more than 350,000 people.
The contractor, KJ Woods, will construct a new 3,300-foot-long sewer force main pipeline to divert combined wastewater away from the portion of the existing force main that is susceptible to failure, install a new underground vault and other supporting facilities. The contractor will also replace or relocate approximately 1,600 feet of water mains, and repave most of the affected streets.
North Shore circa 1869 to Present Day
Comparing the Embarcadero wharf from centuries ago with today’s built up environment, helps us understand the difficulties the design engineers and contractor constantly struggle with as they encounter unmarked piers, buried brick sewers and other remains from the 1800s.