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City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department

PROJECT STATUS

February 28, 2017

As many may have seen, construction is progressing, and we are now in a short lull before the rest of project gets underway.  The pipe installation for all the major road crossings is complete, and all of the sites where the contractor was working have been restored with the exception of the area near the greenway and the beltline.

Oscar Renda Contracting will be the contractor for the remainder of the construction, and we’ve been working hard behind the scenes since taking bids to be ready for construction.  We are expecting to receive a detailed construction schedule within the next week, which will be posted to the website.  As the contractor updates that schedule, we will be updating it on the website.

For citizens who live or have businesses immediately adjacent to the project corridor, we will be sending letters in the next two weeks with some more detailed project information, as well as instructions on how to receive regular project updates via e-mail.

We apologize for any delays in providing updates as we worked behind the scenes. Please keep an eye on the website and your mailbox in the coming days and weeks for much more information.

Please contact us any time at (919) 996-3511, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you!

Eileen M. Navarrete, P.E., PMP
Construction Projects Administrator
City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department


July 1, 2016

We have received a few questions regarding clearing at Lassiter Mill Road, so I wanted to take the time to address those concerns.  Based on some changing conditions, we decided over the last few weeks that it would be best for the contractor to begin work at Lassiter Mill Road sooner than originally planned.

The contractor began clearing at Lassiter Mill Road last week.  Moffat Pipe, the subcontractor to the tunneling contractor is working to prepare the launch and receiving pits for the 54-inch sanitary sewer tunnel that will be installed under Lassiter Mill Road.

The clearing is an unfortunate necessity of the sewer installation.  The tunnel installation requires equipment that occupies a significant amount of space.  City staff, as well as the contractor, will be doing their best to minimize impacts to the greenway during construction.

At this time, we are only installing the pipe under the road.  The rest of the pipe (between the road crossings) will be constructed after our second contractor gets started in the fall.  Once we have a schedule for that work, it will be posted to the website and updated regularly.

Please contact us any time at (919) 996-3511, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you!

Eileen M. Navarrete, P.E., PMP
Construction Projects Administrator
City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department

 

 



May 19, 2016

 

Our contractors are progressing through the tunnel portion of the Crabtree Pipeline project, and we expect them to complete their work on schedule.  Tunnels at Hodges Street, Anderson Drive, and Capital Boulevard are complete, along with one of the tunnels adjacent to Wake Forest Road.  The preparation for the tunnel that crosses Wake Forest Road is nearly complete, and tunneling should be under way there next week.

Meanwhile, another crew has moved upstream to prepare the excavations for the Yadkin Drive tunnel and the 440 tunnel.  Long term, full greenway closures in this area are not currently planned, though greenway detours in this area will continue at least through the early part of the summer.

The open cut portion of this project is scheduled to be advertised for bid before the end of June.  That should allow for this construction to begin this fall.  Additional communication will be sent directly to affected citizens, along with other stakeholders.

Please contact us any time at (919) 996-3511, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you!

 

Eileen M. Navarrete, P.E., PMP
Construction Projects Administrator
City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department

 


 

Sept 4, 2015

After a tough time with rock removal, our contractor is finally ready to begin tunneling at Hodges Street.  Both pits have been excavated, and the rest of the tunneling equipment is being set up at the launch pit this week.  Our contractor expects to commence tunneling operations before the end of next week.  As of right now, we still expect to reopen Hodges Street to traffic around the end of October.

Work near Anderson Drive is picking up.  The pits in this location are partially excavated, and Moffat Pipe, the pit subcontractor, will be busy over the next 2-3 weeks to prepare the pits for tunneling equipment.

A necessary part of pit excavation at Anderson Drive is rock removal.  Rock removal in this location will require a small amount of controlled blasting.  Blasting is scheduled to occur next week, assuming the weather cooperates.  The expectation is that only a few shots will be necessary to break up the rock in the pits, so the disruption should be limited.  The contractor has initiated communication with property owners in the immediate vicinity, and we have spoken with staff at Our Lady of Lourdes to make sure they are prepared for the brief periods of noise.  Please know that the City requires the contractor to take many precautions during rock removal to ensure the safety of our citizens and infrastructure.

Speaking of safety, I want to remind everyone to please obey all signs and instructions from contractors at our construction sites.  The signs and restrictions are in place for the safety of our citizens as well as personnel on the construction site.  On Monday afternoon, I personally witnessed a vehicle drive straight through the fenced site on Oxford Road.  This was extremely dangerous for both the occupants of the vehicle as well as those on the site.

In the next few weeks, excavation will begin at Hodges Street and Capital Boulevard for the tunnel across Capital Boulevard.  Other than construction vehicles entering and leaving Hodges Street in this location, there should not be any traffic impacts.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at (919) 996-3511, or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you!

Eileen M. Navarrete, P.E., PMP
Construction Projects Administrator
City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department

 


 

July 2, 2015

Our contractor continues to make progress on the work at Hodges Street.  Excavation and rock removal are almost complete at the Hodges Street tunnel launch and receiving pits.  Tunneling equipment should mobilize to the site within the next week or two, and setup for that will begin shortly thereafter.

The contractor planned to begin excavation at the tunnel located adjacent to Capital Boulevard next week, but coordination with an existing utility in the railroad right-of-way will prevent us from beginning work there for several more weeks.  After much discussion, it was determined the best option would be to move to the Anderson Drive tunnel.  This tunnel is located at the intersection of Anderson Drive and Oxford Road.  Work will begin here the week of July 6th.

Construction at this intersection will require a closure of Oxford Road at Anderson Drive for 120 days.  Anderson Drive and the streets around it will remain open, as will the greenway.  A portion of the sidewalk on the north side of Oxford will close with the road, but the sidewalk on the south side of Oxford will remain open.

We’ve been coordinating the closure with the staff at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, and they have been very understanding.  Written correspondence was mailed today to a number of homes in the neighborhood, and information will be distributed this weekend at Our Lady of Lourdes.

Construction will temporarily affect the carpool route for the Our Lady of Lourdes School.  We will be working in the coming weeks to mitigate, as best we can, traffic impacts caused by construction.  We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we make this change, and we will do our best to communicate progress as efficiently as possible.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns at (919) 996-3511, or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you!

Eileen M. Navarrete, P.E., PMP
Construction Projects Administrator
City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department

 

 
City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department