Public Works Projects: Today + Tomorrow

 

The Public Works Agency is continually making improvements to Santa Ana’s infrastructure.  Nearly all improvement projects recently completed have received awards from various organizations for its innovative features, exceptional engineering performance, reliability, as well as impact on quality of life and community service.  Here’s a brief look at those projects completed and planned.

Completed Projects

  1. MacArthur Boulevard/State Route 55 Interchange Ramp Widening 1

    The wider ramp increased capacity to improve traffic flow and air quality for commuters and surrounding residential and business areas.

    The project included cost saving and water conserving landscape systems.

     

    The project rehabilitated pavement on the ramp and street to improve a safer and smoother ride for drivers.

     

    It added water conserving landscape systems and safety improvements including signage, delineators, guard railings and ramp meters. 

     

  2. Memory Lane Road Diet 1
    The City installed a Class II Bikeway on Memory Lane from Bristol Street to Flower Street to address residents’ concerns of speeding and street racing in an area used by bicyclists. 

     

    The project was funded under the City’s Residential Street Program, which allowed for a complete repaved street with a neighborhood supported lane reduction.

     

  3. Diamond Park & Catalina Street Water Main Improvements 1, 2
    Santa Ana rescued two communities that were serviced by two dysfunctional private water companies and unable to deliver safe drinking water.


    The City now provides clean, safe and reliable tap water to 145 residences in these communities.


    The project was 100% state grant funded. It was a collaborative effort between State, County and City officials including support from Assemblyman Jose Solorio.

     

  4. Diamond Park & Catalina Street Water Main Improvements 1, 2
    Santa Ana rescued two communities that were serviced by two dysfunctional private water companies and unable to deliver safe drinking water.


    The City now provides clean, safe and reliable tap water to 145 residences in these communities.


    The project was 100% state grant funded. It was a collaborative effort between State, County and City officials including support from Assemblyman Jose Solorio.

     

  5. West Pump Station 2
    The project modernized the pump station, securing and extending the life of this vital City water facility.

     

    It represented a $2.5 million investment in the City’s infrastructure, partially funded by a federal grant.

     

  6. Deep Wells and Booster Station Program 3
    The program optimized the efficiency of the City’s water system through state-of-the-art pump motor controls and software programs.


    To date, it has saved the City 2.2 million kWh of energy and an estimated $265,000 in energy costs per year.


    These savings have been passed on to consumers who have had no water rate increases for two years.


    The City earned nearly $260,000 in rebates from the SCE (Southern California Edison) Standards Performance Contract Program.


    It has reduced greenhouse gas emissions each year by an estimated 1,517 metric tons of carbon dioxide CO2 which is equivalent to the annual energy use of 131 homes.


    It has reduced the water main breaks and subsequent disruption of service to residents and businesses.

Future Water Projects

  1. San Lorenzo Sewer Lift Station

    The project will renovate the original lift station built in the 1960s, which has been used to pump sewage into the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) sewer trunk line.

    • The improvements of the new facility will:
    • Provide a safer and more accessible working area for staff
    • Significantly reduce chances of a major sewer spill
    • Alleviate traffic congestion on Bristol Street for routine maintenance
    • Improve the aesthetics of the area

  2. Walnut Pump Station

    The project will renovate the original pump station built in 1953, which has been used to pump water into the City’s pipe system from an underground storage reservoir.

     

    The proposed facility will be the first pump station built as a “green” building in Santa Ana, certified for its water and energy efficiency.

     

    The project will improve the reliability of the City’s water system and help ensure the City can handle emergencies such as fires.

  3. Westminster Avenue Sewer Replacement

    The project includes the construction of 3,400 feet of new sewer main to meet increased sewer demands.

     

    Construction is expected to begin in summer 2013 pending Council approval.

     

    A joint venture, the project will be designed and administered by the city of Santa Ana with the city of Garden Grove funding 68% of the cost.

     

  1. Received the American Public Works Association (APWA) 2012 Project of the Year Award
  2. Received the Orange County Engineering Council (OCEC) Engineering Project Achievement Award
  3. Received the California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA) 2013 Resource Efficiency and Community Service Award