Friday, January 22, 2016

What’s on Tap for Sunol Valley and the Greater East Bay for 2016?

Our SFPUC teams in the East Bay are looking forward to a busy 2016. The $4.8 billion Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) might be more than 90% complete, but the majority of the work left to be done is right here.  We look forward to continuing on our old projects and starting new ones in the New Year. Here are a few highlights.

Calaveras Dam Replacement Project Rolls Onward.

The project is more than 70% complete. We will complete the Dam spillway, and will begin heavy hauling of materials for the dam starting in the middle of this year. Please subscribe to our blog at for Calaveras Road Updates.  

 Calaveras Construction crew working on the outlet pipe at Calaveras Dam. The existing dam is in the distance. Look for increased construction traffic on Calaveras Road this year.

Alameda Creek Fish Passage Project Starts.

Construction on a project at our Alameda Creek Diversion Dam is set to start in February or March of 2016. The project entails partial demolition of the existing Alameda Creek Diversion Tunnel’s intake structure, and construction of a fish ladder to facilitate fish passage around the existing Alameda Creek Diversion Dam. Users of East Bay Regional Park’s Sunol Regional Wilderness might see increased construction traffic on Geary and Camp Ohlone Road starting in Spring. Construction is scheduled to end in sometime in late 2017 / 2018. 

Ice Age Fossils on Display.

Ice Age Fossils that were found in Fremont at a WSIP Project in Fremont are expected to go on display in May. More than 50 specimens were found on the construction site of the Seismic Upgrade of Bay Division Pipelines 3 and 4 at the Hayward Fault Crossing in Fremont Project in 2013. Crews found the bones of at least 2 bison, horse, camel, elk, rabbit, gophers and more. Those fossils have a new home at the Fremont Children's Natural History Museum, and will go on display in May. 

Dr. Joyce Blueford, Director of the Fremont Children's Natural History Museum, and staff paleontologist Jim Walker look over the Ice Age fossils found at the SFPUC construction site.

Alameda Creek Watershed Center / Sunol Yard Upgrade Begins Construction.

In August of 2016, construction to upgrade the SFPUC’s corporation yard at the corner of Paloma Way and Highway 84 will begin. Construction of the new Alameda Creek Watershed Center is also part of this same project, but will begin approximately 9 months after the Sunol Corporation Yard project starts. For more information, visit  Construction is expected to be complete at the end of 2018.

The new Alameda Creek Watershed Center will be located adjacent to the Sunol Water Temple. Construction activities will start this year.

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