Cal Water began an infrastructure upgrade in central Salinas today that will strengthen water system reliability and fire protection for residents and first responders. The project is part of Cal Water’s commitment to ensure critical water infrastructure remains safe and reliable.
The project, which will be completed in two phases, includes the installation of 2,010 feet of new 16-inch ductile iron water main and 14 new individual customer service connections. Four replacement fire hydrants will also be installed.
The first phase of installation will take place under Highway 101, from 512 N. Main St. to the other side of the highway, then continuing on Santa Clara Avenue and North Main Street and connecting to Cal Water’s existing water main at East Bernal Drive. This phase of the project is expected to be completed in December. The second phase of the project will continue on North Main Street from Highway 101, connecting to the existing water main at West Rossi Street. The second phase of construction will take place between January and May 2021.
Crews will need to temporarily close one northbound lane on Main Street from Casentini Street to just past the on-ramp to Highway 101 for approximately three weeks. One southbound lane from East Bernal Drive to Casentini Street will also be closed for the same duration. Crews will make every effort to minimize this closure period. Work will be performed Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sidewalks and driveways will remain accessible during the temporary, partial street closure.
“As essential workers, our crews are committed to delivering a reliable water supply to Salinas residents and businesses for their everyday needs, both now and for decades to comes. This infrastructure upgrade will also ensure firefighters have access to the water they need to protect the community in an emergency,” said District Manager Brenda Granillo. “Strategic infrastructure upgrades such as this are an important part of our promise to deliver quality, service, and value to our customers.”
Following installation, crews will conduct water quality testing and connect individual service lines to the new water main. Water service must be temporarily interrupted for one to two hours as crews connect customers’ service lines to the main. Cal Water will notify residents in advance of any planned shutdowns, which are normally scheduled between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. All streets, sod, and landscaping impacted by the construction will be restored to as close to the previous condition as possible.