Monday, October 28, 2013

New Geary Road Bridge Installed in Sunol Ohlone Regional Wilderness Park

The bridge, the very same as in the project’s title - Geary Road Bridge Project -- is here! Using a large crane, the contractor carefully lowered 50-foot-long bridge sections down onto the concrete piers that were already secured at both ends of the bridge. Now crews will focus on completing the bridge deck, the roadway approaching the bridge on both ends and installing all the bridge guardrails. The bridge is scheduled to be open to the public at the end of October.

This new concrete and steel bridge will further protect Alameda Creek at this location by eliminating the need for vehicles to drive through Alameda Creek at the low-water crossing. This project is taking place within East Bay Regional Park District’s Sunol Ohlone Regional Wilderness, and the area surrounding the bridge will be restored after construction is complete later this fall. 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Quenching Thirst at the 2013 Sunol Glen Walk-a-Thon

Run, walk, and fill-up on water. Quenching the thirst of more than 250 children, ranging from pre-school to eighth grade, became the main focus during the 2013 Sunol Glen School Walk-a-Thon a few weeks ago.  Not only were the kids thirsty for water, but also thirsty for information and asked questions like, “Where does this water come from?” or “Is this really Hetch Hetchy water?”.

With several large Water System Improvement Program projects under construction just a few miles away from the Town of Sunol, the Sunol Regional Outreach team is always looking for opportunities like this to be involved with the community and the walk-a-thon was a perfect way to do just that.  We also provide drinking water to more than 160 residences in the Town of Sunol.

Again this year, our volunteers from the Water Supply and Treatment Division provided the famous ‘Got Water?’ truck and staff joined us to help distribute water to the walkers. Aside from a few mud splatters here and there, the system was a big hit and the kids loved refilling their own water bottles from the spigots. A special thanks to Dean Tdosa and Mike Ishman from the Water Supply and Treatment Division who were there to help keep the students hydrated.

The Sunol Glen Walk-a-Thon happens every year in October, and students have earned more than $350,000 for their school since the Walk-a-thon started 20 years ago. We look forward to being part of this Sunol Glen School tradition for years to come!


   SFPUC Team members helped distribute water and even some of the youngest participants enjoyed drinking Hetch Hetchy water. 
                                                                          Unique water spouts helped quickly distribute water to thirsty walkers. 

Friday, October 18, 2013

Emergency Preparedness Month

The First 72 Hours 
October 17, 2013 marked the 24th anniversary of the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake.  Therefore, this October we would like focus on emergency preparedness. The first 72 hours after an emergency are often the times when community members come together to help each other out. If we prepare beforehand, we’ll be better off when an emergency occurs. 

What can you do?
Meet with your family, neighbors and community organizers to get connected, develop a plan and share resources. One of the best ways to be prepared is to get involved with the Alameda County Fire Department's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program that serves the cities of San Leandro, Dublin, Union City, Newark and the Unincorporated Areas of Alameda County. 

Alameda County CERT
The purpose of CERT is to train people living in Alameda County to take care of themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a disaster. After several large-scale disasters such as 9/11, the Oakland Hills Fire and Loma Prieta Earthquake, there was a realization that not all emergency services personnel will be able to reach everyone right away. Therefore, communities may have to tend to their own minor emergencies before help arrives. Check out the Alameda County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)'s Blog for more information about training opportunities and tips. 

Other Resources include the following: Alameda County Fire Department and Alameda County Office of Emergency Services.   

SFPUC is Preparing Too
Our community members are not the only ones getting prepared. We at the SFPUC has been improving and renovating our regional water system to ensure that our customers receive a safe and reliable water supply when they need it the most – after an earthquake. Recent upgrades to the water transmission system in the Sunol Valley have increased our ability and operational flexibility in case of a disaster. The promise of the multi-billion dollar Water System Improvement Program is to provide minimum day demand to our customers within 24 hours of a major earthquake within our system. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Milestone Breakthrough for the New Irvington Tunnel

Roadheader breaks through for final hole-through on October 8th

On October 8, 2013 at precisely 9:00 a.m. two crews of miners from the New Irvington Tunnel project met underground with their roadheader digging away at the last final feet of rock.  Miners celebrated the final hole-through excavation of the 18,660 foot tunnel.  The 3.5 mile New Irvington Tunnel will transmit water between the Sunol Valley and Fremont to our 2.6 million Bay Area customers. Work is still not quite done yet, our miners will prepare the new tunnel for installation of 8.5 ft diameter steel pipe, installed in 50-foot sections and welded together inside of the tunnel.  This will be followed by the placement of cellular concrete between the steel pipe and tunnel wall to complete the project in mid-2015. 


Hole-Through Challenge Winner: Priya Iyer
With that, we also would like to congratulate our Hole-Through Challenge contestant.... Priya Iyer! Priya selected the winning time and date of the hole-through and will be receiving our prize package.  Congratulations to Priya!

Our hardworking New Irvington Tunnel crew

                                      Tunnel Superintendents Jim Mulkey and Jack Bowling from 
                                      Southland Contracting share a handshake after the hole-through.

New Irvington Tunnel Project Staff celebrates Hole-Through