Water Main Replacement on Alamar

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Water Main Replacement on Alamar
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Source: City of Santa Barbara

During construction of the Pedestrian Crossing Safety project at the intersection of State Street and Alamar Avenue, crews encountered an aging water main in need of replacement. Fortunately, replacement of this water main could be easily included in the City’s annual Water Main Replacement Project, which is currently in construction. City staff will be working closely with local businesses and residents while expediting the water main replacement work. The water main contractor will perform traffic control measures, such as detours and reduced speed zones, to allow vehicles and pedestrians to safely pass by the construction site. The water main replacement work is scheduled for September 3-13. Once the water main replacement is complete, the Pedestrian Crossing Safety project will resume.

The Pedestrian Crossing Safety project is funded by a Highway Safety Improvement Program grant and includes new pedestrian countdown timers, shortened crossing distances at the State/Alamar intersection, and new pedestrian flashing beacons at Alamar/Puesta Del Sol and La Cumbre/Calle Cita. With the added water main replacement work, the project is currently scheduled for completion in October 2019. The end result will be a safer intersection for pedestrians and improved water infrastructure for our water customers.


Water service will be interrupted in the area while the City is connecting the new water main to the water system. The water shutoff is scheduled to occur at night during the week of September 9, from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM. Official notices will be handed out to those in the affected area at least 72 hours before the shutdown.

For questions regarding the water main project, please call (805) 564-5413. For questions about the Pedestrian Crossing Safety project, please call (805) 897-1981. Please see the map of affected areas on the next page.


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SBSBSBSBSBsb Sep 06, 2019 11:29 AM
Water Main Replacement on Alamar

People will literally complain about anything. If its not broken water mains its repaired asphalt.

a-1590688658 Sep 06, 2019 10:15 AM
Water Main Replacement on Alamar

As soon as they resurface a street, another department digs them back up and makes a messy patchwork road surface again. Why can’t all these different depts work together to get all the work done in an area at the same time. It’s not rocket science.

tagdes Sep 06, 2019 01:33 PM
Water Main Replacement on Alamar

@10:15, first of all there is only one dept. that paves and patches the streets....Public Works and they don't go tearing up resurfaced streets unless there is a problem like a water main break or sewer lateral problem in which case it could be city, private contractor or even the gas company. They plan around utility and private construction work but resurfacing is done on the maintenance schedule so there could be an instance where patching arises. Actually it's just like rocket science...sometimes things don't work the way one plans.

tagdes Sep 06, 2019 12:59 PM
Water Main Replacement on Alamar

The "patchwork" is the temporary patch that is done until they have enough patches to warrant the amount of AC needed and hiring or assigning a paving crew. This is also done with larger companies like Lash and even Granite on smaller jobs. As far as your slandering the City Public Works Dept. I won't even go there...I had enough of your no nothing types complaining about everything during my career as a County Inspector.

PitMix Sep 06, 2019 10:59 AM
Water Main Replacement on Alamar

I think most of the patchwork road surfaces are caused by contractors doing homeowner projects like sewer lateral replacements. Those contractors don't have the big equipment to do the patching correctly and the City Inspectors are letting them get away with rough work. Or maybe it is just really hard to patch a road and have it be smooth with the original surface.

a-1590688658 Sep 06, 2019 10:32 AM
Water Main Replacement on Alamar

Did you read the article? That's exactly what they are doing in this situation. They discovered the problem while doing a different project and were able to combine it into one construction event.

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