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Kyle Oyama, Assistant Engineer
Phone: 831-755-5090 Email: Oyamak@co.monterey.ca.us
The construction phase of the project will continue (March-December 2019). AT&T’s contractor Daleo Inc. has finished trenching Potrero Road, Allen Street, and most of Moss Landing Road. The contractor will now be working towards Highway 1 from Sandholdt Road. The contractor will be placing no parking signs in advance of anticipated work. Temporary traffic control will be implemented during typical construction hours.
Trenching work has resumed on Moss Landing Road between Sandholt Road and Highway 1. Typical construction hours will be 7am–5pm Monday-Friday.
This project will remove most of the poles and all the existing overhead utility lines along Moss Landing Road and Sandholdt Road in the community of Moss Landing and install them underground. These lines include electrical conductors, communication, TV, and fiber optic cables.
AT&T is the “lead” utility company for this project. They have hired Daleo Inc. to excavate and place conduits for all the utilities in a “joint trench” along the (purple) streets shown on the map below for $3.8 million dollars. This joint trench will be located predominately in the public right-of-way of Moss Landing and Sandholdt Roads. AT&T has acquired a County of Monterey Encroachment Permit.
Each utility will then pull its wires through the main conduits and construct underground junction boxes and surface-mounted transformers at specific locations along the edge of the streets.
Once the main lines are in place, each utility will construct a trench from the street to its existing utility panel on each building they presently serve on these streets, and convert the existing overhead service to underground. This process will create a very short (1-2 hour) interruption of service to each customer. Altogether this process will take approximately three months to complete.
Once the main lines are in place, each utility will construct a trench from the street to its existing utility panel on each building they presently serve on these streets, and convert the existing overhead service to underground. This process will create a very short (1-2 hour) interruption of service to each customer who will be notified prior. Altogether this process will take approximately three months to complete.
After all customers are converted to underground service, the utility companies will remove their existing overhead wires. PG&E will then remove any existing poles that do not have street lights on them. Poles with existing street lights will remain, but have the cross-arms removed. Altogether this process will take approximately three months to complete.
In accordance with the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the California Coastal Act, Monterey County RMA-Public Works has an approved Resolution No. 14-041 adopting a Mitigated Negative Declaration, approving a Combined Development Permit, and adopting a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MMRP) for the project.
The MMRP contains sixteen Conditions of Approval, primarily related to monitoring construction to avoid or mitigate potential impacts to any biological or archaeological resources that might be encountered, and protecting the ocean from water quality impacts due to possible erosion or rainfall runoff from the construction site. The County has required AT&T to incorporate these conditions as part of their construction contract documents, and has also retained qualified biologists and archaeologists to monitor all excavation activities performed during the project.
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Rule 20A requires that the direct cost of undergrounding utilities on streets in commercial and industrial areas must be borne by the utilities involved.
This does not include costs for local agency project administration, required surveying and preparation of Boundary Map and Project Base Map, environmental review and mitigation, acquisition of any required easements and property rights of entry, and construction liaison with the utility companies and the community, which must be paid by the entity implementing the District, in this case the County.
The County’s non-Rule 20A-eligible costs are being paid through the Funding Agreement between Duke Energy Moss Landing LLC and the Moss Landing Chamber of Commerce dated March 23, 2001, as assigned from the Chamber to the County of Monterey on September 24, 2002, and amended August 24, 2004.
As of December 2018, non-eligible costs for the Rule 20A project (Moss Landing Road and Sandholdt Road) have totaled approximately $415,000, and are estimated to total approximately $810,000 by project completion.
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