Progress Flows On
PHASE 1 IS NOW OPEN. CONSTRUCTION OF THE SAN PEDRO CREEK CULTURE PARK CONTINUES.
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Phases 2, 3 and 4.1
- Full Closures – Camp Street
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Construction Notes – April 2023
Phase 1.2 and 1.3 from Houston Street to Cesar Chavez are now open to the public!
This phase is quickly coming to a close and the finishing touches are going in now.
All work has been completed on both Guadalupe Street and S Alamo Street’s drive lanes. All lanes of South Alamo were opened permanently at the end of January 2023 and Guadalupe Street was reopened the end of March. Camp Street is the last remaining closure and is the main access for the completion of the Phase 2 construction work. It will be opened in the coming months with the completion of this phase.
Along the Phase 2 portion of the creek the last of the concrete paseos and asphalt paving was completed in March. This phase now has permanent power and the street and pedestrian light fixtures are going in and the paseos between Guadalupe and S Alamo street will be fully lit by the end of April. The new native trees, many that are 6-8” caliper and over 20’ tall, have now been planted throughout the phase as well as the placement of topsoil and planter mix for the seeded and planted areas. The native shrubs, perennials and groundcover plantings will be installed over the next couple of months once the irrigation pumps are commissioned and the channel water is impounded at the Alamo crest gate.
At the new Alamo Gatehouse and Restrooms the exteriors are now finished and the trellis lighting is starting to go in. The restrooms have all of the plumbing fixtures installed and fully functional and the finished cedar ceiling will be completed in April. With permanent power the Alamo Crest Gate, the largest flood control gate for the SPC project, is being tested and commissioned now. Within the next month it will be fully operational and raised once more to start ponding the channel all the way back to Guadalupe Street.
The most notable changes to this phase have been to the focal point of Phase 2 at the Culvert Park area just north of Camp Street. The 60’x80’ shade structure columns and artist designed fabric shade sails have been installed. Under this large shaded gathering area the decorative paver bands and the artificial turf plaza have also been completed. The deck structure that overlooks the creek on the south end of Culvert Park is being installed and will be completed by the end of April as well.
Still lots of cleanup and finishing touches for the SDJV and subcontractor team to wrap up, but this area has changed significantly from the concrete channel of a few years ago.
The SDJV and subcontractor team has been hoping around within Phase 3 quite a bit over the last quarter as areas open up for work to begin. The property agreements wrapped up in February for the west side of the channel north of Cevallos to the UPRR Bridge. With this access the area has been mass graded and our limestone retaining wall subcontractor crews have installed 75% of the main channel walls between Cevallos and the UP Railroad trestle. This month they will shift to some smaller walls at a trail connection to Piedras Negras De Noche and to finish out the main channel wall up to Cevallos.
The natural aquatic features spaced along the SPC channel from Cevallos south to the end of SPC at I-35 are complete for now and will be detailed just prior to topsoil and native hydroseeding of the slopes. The installation of the boulders for the rock vanes and cobble for the riffle portions will be starting north of Cevallos and up to UPRR’s bridge following the limestone retaining wall completion. North of UPRR bridge the natural aquatic features are 75% complete.
The paseo concrete placements and light pole bases between Cevallos and I-35 are complete up to the Cevallos Bridge. Landscape irrigation piping and electrical conduit and will continue along these completed sections for the next month. The paseo placements from the UPRR Bridge and up at the shade structure at Cevallos are starting this month right behind them from the limestone walls. North of the UPRR Bridge the paseos are being placed this month and the low-water crossing pedestrian bridge just south of S Alamo bridge will complete the paseo in this area and the completed trails on the east and west sides of the channel together.
The Cevallos Bridge sidewalk and deck edge concrete placements have completed on the north and south sides. The sidewalks connecting the Stark and Laredo Street sides have been completed on the south side of the bridge and will be opened to pedestrian traffic in mid-April so utility connections and the shade structure construction on the northwest side of Cevallos can be completed. With this the narrowed traffic lanes will be shifted south and widened up but will still remain as 2 of the 3 permanent traffic lanes. With the start of the summer break for the KIPP Academy in June partial closures of these traffic lanes will occur to mill and overlay the asphalt and restripe the final from Stark to Laredo Streets.
Design approvals for the UP Railroad bridge replacement between Cevallos and Alamo are now complete. Utility relocation coordination, material approvals/ procurement and access permitting will continue through the next 2-3 months. It is anticipated the drilled shafts and concrete columns for this new bridge will start early summer and wrap up in the fall. The demo of this old wooden trestle bridge and replacement with a precast concrete bridge is still anticipated in the fall of 2023. Once the bridge is complete the remaining work under the bridge will take 3 months to wrap up and allow Phase 3 to open to the public.
It is anticipated that this phase will be completed just after the new year in 2024.
The property agreements are still in process for the middle half of this phase, but are anticipated to close in April. With this the middle portion of this phase will kick off with demo, grading and utility installations. Concrete wall extensions of the existing channel wall and the paseos will be started quickly behind this early work.
Where access is available on the southern end at Guadalupe Street the paseos have been placed and electrical completed. On the northern portion of this phase grading is underway and the curbs are being placed around the existing parking lot. With access for the property owner shifting to Guadalupe from El Paso with the opening of Guadalupe Street last month the grading, utility installation and paseo placements on the north end have begun.
The sidewalk and street curb replacements as well as the new parking lot entry apron along the south side of El Paso Street are being placed at this time and once the pedestrian access is switched onto this new sidewalk the north side sidewalks and curb will also be replaced. The utility crossings across El Paso are being coordinated with an ongoing CPS Project getting ready to start on El Paso Street.
It is anticipated that this phase will be completed late summer of 2023.