PWS Conveyance Project

Latest Update: January 14, 2022
All construction dates are subject to change due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. 


Garney Construction continues the installation of Pure Water Soquel pipelines in the following locations:

City of Santa Cruz • Laurel Street 

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

Installation of the pipeline continues on Laurel Street. Work is underway from Pacific Avenue and is anticipated to reach Front Street early next week.  

Vehicles, cyclists, and residents will encounter traffic controls.  

  • Be aware of signage, flaggers, detours, and changes to lane configurations. 
  • No left turns from either direction of Laurel Street onto Front Street.  
  • No through traffic on Front Street crossing Laurel Street

Safety Reminders: 

  • Follow all 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 Laurel Street construction activity and watch for turn restrictions. 
  • Access to some side streets from Laurel 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 uneven or rough

Soquel • Soquel Drive

Soquel Drive • Work hours are weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Pipeline installation continues on Soquel Drive from E. Walnut Street, heading toward Rosedale Avenue. Left-turn restrictions are in place at Soquel Drive and other cross streets. Vehicles, cyclists, and residents will encounter traffic controls.  Work is expected to begin on Rosedale Avenue mid-next week. 

  • Please watch for a lane closure on the southbound side of Soquel Drive. The other lanes of traffic will remain open.
  • Be aware of left-turn restrictions at Soquel Drive and other cross streets.  
  • If possible, vehicles and cyclists should use alternate routes. If in the area, please use extra caution, watch for traffic controls, equipment, and work crews, and allow for additional travel time. 
  • 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.