SAK Construction launches major sewer rehab project in Santa Cruz

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California Construction News staff writer

Construction will begin on the Front-Spruce-Pacific Sewer Rehabilitation Project in Santa Cruz this month. Work is expected to last through mid-September 2024.

SAK Construction from Rocklin will complete the repair and rehabilitation of approximately 3,250 feet of the existing 54-inch concrete sewer line stretching from Kaiser Permanente Arena to Neary Lagoon.

The project will restore a critical sewer pipe running from Kaiser Permanente Arena to Neary Lagoon. It is the largest influent pipe directing sewage to the City’s Wastewater Treatment Facility. As the pipe approaches the end of its operational life, its replacement is essential to maintain efficient wastewater treatment.

To minimize disruption, the contractor will use the trenchless “cured-in-place” pipe rehabilitation method to reduce the need for extensive excavation. This approach allows the City to perform the necessary work with the least inconvenience to the community.

Construction rews will use a trenchless method called “cured-in-place” pipe rehabilitation to minimize excavation and reduce impacts on our community.

“Cured-in-place” pipe rehabilitation involves inserting a flexible liner into the existing pipe, which is then inflated and hardened to create a new, durable pipe inside the old one. This method repairs the pipe without extensive digging or excavation.

Traditional sewer replacement requires digging a trench along the entire pipe length to remove and replace the old line. This process is disruptive and often impacts traffic, landscaping, and nearby properties.

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