Thursday, July 18, 2024

Ukiah Downtown Streetscape Project Construction Updates for Week of September 25


The following is a press release issued by the City of Ukiah:

Pulling out an ancient pipe in the intersection of Gobbi and State.  This intersection is so crowded with utility infrastructure—some of it abandoned—that we have to remove things to make room for the new [All photos from the City of Ukiah]

On the south side (Mill to Gobbi), crews will continue installing the new water infrastructure. Most of the main line is in; next week, the “services” or “laterals” will be going in. These are the perpendicular lines that bring water from the main line to each of the buildings. Again, work will proceed northbound from Gobbi to Mill. For the safety of the crews and for traffic control, the traffic signals at Gobbi and Mill will remain in “flash” mode, which means the intersection should be treated like a four-way stop. No interruptions to utility service are planned, and access to all properties will be maintained.

On the north side (Norton to Henry), construction crews will continue work on the “joint trench,” which will hold the new underground electric lines, as well as phone and cable lines. In contract to the water and sewer work, this part of the project will start on the south side (near Henry) and move north to Norton. Next week, trenching will occur primarily in front of 456 and 476 N State, which will require the temporary closure of some driveways. Property/business owners will be notified in advance regarding specific days/times. Immediately upon the completion of work, steel plates will be placed across the trench to allow vehicular access.

Preparing the new water main to go into the ground

Looking ahead (North): Weather permitting, sidewalk demolition is scheduled to begin around the first week of October. As with Phase One, temporary, ADA-compliant sidewalks will be installed with base rock immediately following demolition. Also, we are committed to not demolishing any sections that can’t be replaced with new in a reasonable period of time.

Where will the work occur? Trenching for water on the south side, working northbound from Gobbi/State; joint trench work will continue on the north side, primarily in the area of 456/476 North State Street.

What are the construction days/hours? Construction hours will be Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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Will there be dust and noise? Yes. There will be some dust and fairly significant noise associated with both sections of work.

Will there be any disruptions to parking access or streets? Yes. On-street parking in the construction zone will be closed. Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times. Through traffic on State Street will be allowed in both directions. Traffic signals at Gobbi/State and Mill/State will be on flash. Any impacts to driveways on the north side will be coordinated in advance with business/property owners.

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  1. Is anyone else amazed they are actually revamping sections of State Street other than the Perkins area?! Incredible! It’s like the post-covid golden age around here! Don’t forget Talmage and North State/Raley’s intersections!

  2. Lots of infrastructure work that needs to be done! When the underground water, storm and sanitation lines fail , well it can be a real “shit show”!

    • Grant money plus Measure Y Ukiah street sales tax $. Our additional taxes now fund mental health, safety, fire protection, city roads, and county libraries and schools. These taxes are above and beyond the usual property, gas, and basic sales taxes.


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