PWS Conveyance Project

Latest Update: July 5, 2022

All construction dates are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. 

Project Contractor: Garney Construction

City of Santa Cruz

Work hours are weekdays, 7:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 


  • Paving on Broadway from San Lorenzo Blvd. to Riverside Ave. is scheduled for July 7.
  • Work continues up Broadway and will be underway until next Wednesday (7/13) between Darwin Street & Frederick Street. Construction will then turn onto Frederick Street and head toward Hanover Street, which will continue into late July. Please be aware of detours and traffic controls in the area. 

Community Reminders:

  • Sidewalk panel installation at Mimi De Marta Dog Park and the Broadway/Seabright Avenue intersection will be underway through late July. 

County of Santa Cruz

Work hours are weekdays, 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. 

Soquel Avenue

Pipeline installation is underway on Soquel Avenue from Capitola Road Extension to Bostwick Lane through next Wednesday (7/13). They will then start the next segment of Soquel Avenue from Bostwick Lane to Soquel Drive, continuing through July. 

Community Reminder:

  • Pipeline installation across the Laurel Street bridge is anticipated to begin early this Fall. 
  • Sidewalk panel installation at the Soquel Drive/Mattison Lane intersection will be underway through late July.


Work hours are weekdays, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Paving of Willowbrook Lane and Cabrillo College Drive is scheduled for July 8. Please be aware of detours & traffic controls in the area. 

  • Cabrillo College Drive will be closed to through traffic from two points: south of the Twin Lakes Church driveway and southeast of Park Avenue
  • Vehicle access will be maintained on Cabrillo College Drive from Willowbrook Lane to Rosemarie Court. All traffic must enter Cabrillo College Drive via Willowbrook Lane.

Soquel & Capitola

Work hours are weekdays, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

  • Sidewalk panel installation at various intersections: Main Street/Walnut Street, Soquel Drive/Rosedale Avenue, Kennedy Drive/Sir Francis Avenue will be underway through late July.

Safety Reminders:

Vehicles, cyclists, and pedestrians will encounter traffic controls. Be aware of signage, flaggers, detours, and changes to lane configurations.  

  • Follow all traffic controls, and designated detours, and do NOT pass-through Road Closed signage; consider using alternate routes.  
  • Use extra caution when on any roads in the vicinity of the construction activity and watch for turn restrictions, equipment, and work crews.
  • Access to some side streets may be temporarily impacted during construction. 
  • There may be construction equipment or vehicles parked on side streets—please be aware of temporary “No Parking” signs. 
  • Please watch for work crews and equipment and be prepared for traffic delays—allow additional time to get to your destination. 
  • Some roadways may be temporarily uneven or rough. 
  • If there are questions about this work, please call (831) 475-8501 ext. 148.

Project Summary: 

Contractors for Soquel Creek Water District are installing about eight miles of pipeline under various streets between Santa Cruz and Aptos. These pipelines will carry water to and from the Santa Cruz Wastewater Treatment Facility to the Chanticleer Water Purification Center (to be built) in the Live Oak area. Then purified water from the Water Purification Center will be conveyed to three Seawater Intrusion Prevention (SWIP) wells where it will recharge the groundwater basin. 

Construction will not be taking place on all streets along the pipeline route simultaneously. It will be a moving work zone, progressing up to several hundred feet per day. Work within a particular area could last for one-to-two weeks or more, as construction crews move along the pipeline route. 

In most cases the work will consist of excavating through the asphalt street surface, preparing the area for the pipelines, delivering and laying the pipes and associated equipment, then backfilling and temporarily patching of the street (to be resurfaced later). This work will require trucks, backhoes, excavators, and other equipment, with traffic control work crews on-site. In some areas, the pipeline will go across bridges where it will be affixed to the bridge structure. The work will require lane closures and short detours, and in some cases may require temporary complete closure of a segment of the street.

Project Map

Map of all the components of the Pure Water Soquel Project. As pipeline construction continues along the route, this map will show that progress.