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PG&E lines cause aalley work snafu downtown

Part of the work on upgrading alleys and parking lots in downtown has run into a bit of a problem.

Workers ran into a pair of PG&E natural gas lines in the parking lot behind the 100 block of the south side of the 100 block of West Yosemite that need to be lowered.

Instead of being buried the required 24 inches below grade as safety standards require, the lines are roughly 6 inches below grade.

City Management Analyst Johanna Ferriera noted PG&E was contacted and has been out to the site to verify the lines and confirm the depth of the lines. The next step was to have the estimator out and that has occurred.  

PG&E workers are awaiting final approval at this point.  She said the city has reached out to get a better idea of timing for approval and when the work will be done but has not received that information back.

Construction crews have also came across an old sewer line that was a problem as well. Ferriera is working on identifying funds to replace that line as well.

It isn’t unusual when road work and such is done in older parts of cities — especially areas 50 years and older — for pipes and other issues to pop up when old maps fail to show their presence. New streets that are built employ global positioning system technology so that the city has an accurate record of where storm, water, sewer, power, gas and cable lines are located.

Work is also being done on alleys and parking lots on the north side of the 100 block of West Yosemite Avenue.

PG&E stepping up

on Union Road

interchange issue?

Public Works Director Mark Houghton noted the city is still working with PG&E and Caltrans to resolve issues related to the need to relocate four major transmission poles along Union Road at the 120 Bypass interchange that is impeding the $23.7 million interchange upgrade project from going forward.

The contract has already been awarded to Teichert to create the state’s first diverging diamond interchange at Union Road over the 120 Bypass as well as build a separate pedestrian/bicycle bridge across the freeway.

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