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Newsletter – July 2020

The Latest on the County of San Mateo’s Health Advisories

As the countywide health advisories during COVID-19 continue to evolve, we follow all guidelines and safety instructions to ensure your infrastructure continues to improve during this time.

Wastewater Treatment Plant Project Update

We are now in Phase 2 of the upgrade and expansion of the wastewater treatment plant on Detroit Drive. Phase 2 means eight and a half months of pile driving to support the expanded facility, located near Seal Point Park in the Shoreview neighborhood.

Pile driving began on July 2, and is progressing as expected. Mass excavation work has been completed.

You can view the construction progress via live camera feeds at our WWTP page.

A Virtual Community Meeting was held on June 11, 2020 to provide details of the pile driving, including construction schedules and what the community can expect for noise levels. You can watch the full meeting video, including the presentation and question-and-answer session here.

UFES Site Preparation Begins in August; One Day Lane/Sidewalk Closure on Saratoga Drive

Construction is set to begin on the Clean Water Program’s Underground Flow Equalization System (UFES) Project. Site preparation will start in early August and includes installation of temporary construction fencing for safety and site security, and trailer and equipment staging at the San Mateo County Event Center on Saratoga Drive. This work will require a one-day temporary closure of the pedestrian walkway and the bike lane adjacent to the event center on Saratoga Drive (between the Event Center driveway entrance and 28th Avenue), and reduction to one southbound lane. The lane closure is expected to take place in early August.

Other site preparation activities are expected to last through September, with more significant construction anticipated to ramp up in mid-October. We will continue to update you on the construction schedule as details are finalized.

Have questions? More information about the Clean Water Program and the UFES project is available on our UFES page, or call us at 650-727-6870.

UFES Construction Monitoring Update

Equipment to monitor groundwater levels, vibration, dust, and noise during UFES construction will be installed during the site preparation phase. Monitoring updates will be available on the UFES project website prior to significant construction activities starting in mid-October, and through the duration of the project.

An optional pre-construction assessment of select neighboring properties from within a 500-foot radius of the project will be conducted within the coming months to assess the existing conditions and monitor for settlement. Property owners who returned a signed Right-of-Entry Agreement for these assessments are being contacted by the City and the City’s contractor to schedule their initial assessment in the coming weeks.

Visit our UFES page for more information, and bookmark the project page to stay up to date on all things related to the UFES project.

Sign up for UFES Text Message Alerts

One of the City of San Mateo’s commitments to the community near the UFES project site was to establish a SMS texting alert service to provide neighbors with notifications about anticipated construction news.

Beginning on August 1, 2020, you can stay current on UFES construction alerts by subscribing to this service at our UFES page under “Quick links,” or by texting the word “UFES” to 1-833-321-0231. Standard message and data rates may apply.

Rehabilitation Project in East San Mateo Is Now Complete!

San Mateo’s stormwater and wastewater collection system includes a network of 240 miles of pipe divided into five major sewer basins.

Basin C includes areas between J Hart Clinton Drive and Kimberley Way on the eastern side of Highway 101. Basin C is the collection system for public and commercial centers, including the Bridgepointe Shopping Center and the San Mateo Wastewater Treatment Plant, as well as several residential neighborhoods, including Shoreview, Parkside, Marina Lagoon, Marina Gardens, Lakeshore, Mariner’s Green, Harbor Town, and Laguna Vista.

The rehabilitation work in Basin C was performed at multiple sites, including within the public right-of-way. Approximately 90% of the sites were in easements on private property, including front yards, backyards, and driveways.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we completed these much-needed repairs to our sewer collection system!

Ongoing Progress on Laurie Meadows and Woodbridge Pump Stations

Map of Laurie Meadows project area.Upgrade and rehabilitation of the Woodbridge pump station in Laurie Meadows Park will increase its capacity and reduce potential sewer overflows during storms. Work along Laurie Meadows Drive from 300 feet west of Suzie Street through about 100 feet north on Woodbridge Circle (see map) began in October 2019 and is expected to be completed this fall.

Expansion work on the Woodbridge pump station and abandonment of the existing Laurie Meadows pump station is ongoing and will involve partial closures of Laurie Meadows Drive and Woodbridge Circle, as well as occasional full closures on Woodbridge Circle.

For more information, please visit the project’s webpage or contact project manager Laura Webb, 650-522-7322 or

Dale Avenue Pump Station and Force Main Improvements

The Dale Avenue Pump Station and its nearby force mains are currently under construction to replace aging equipment and improve the wastewater collection system. These improvements will enable the city to better manage flows during storms, reduce sewer overflows, and meet regulatory requirements.

Work is expected to be complete by fall 2021. For more information, please visit the project’s webpage.