Pipeline construction in Oakland is scheduled to start in late July, as the Open Trench Pipeline work is warping up in Alameda. The contractor for the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) is installing 3,000 Linear Footage of 24-inch steel pipeline to connect the Oakland Inner Harbor Pipeline Crossing to existing transmission mains. Upon completion in December 2023, the project will improve the hydraulic connectivity between Alameda and Oakland and enhance the reliability of the water supply to the island.
In April, the EBMUD installed approximately 3,000 feet of 32-inch diameter earthquake-resistant pipeline below the Oakland Estuary floor to serve the City of Alameda. The new pipe, replacing a 1940s-era cast iron pipeline, took three months to construct. It went underneath the Oakland Inner Harbor via Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), which involves drilling a borehole beneath the harbor floor from Alameda to Oakland and pulling the new pipeline through the borehole.
Currently, construction crews are working at Jack London Square located in Oakland. The work is being done on 4th St from Fallon to Jackson and on Jackson St from 4th St to 5th St. It is estimated to be finished in late September. Afterwards, the construction will move to Madison St, from 4th St to 8th St.
During construction, the community can expect increased traffic in the vicinity, including detours and temporary lane closures. All roads will be temporarily paved, functional, and safe for overnight traffic. Construction-related noise, too, is anticipated to increase. There are no planned water outages associated with this work. Typical project work hours are from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.
EBMUD had conducted a virtual public meeting on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. See a recording of the meeting below.
Frequently asked questions
Emergencies or after-hours, call EBMUD 866-403-2683
To review all planning and design stage details for this project please see Alameda - North Bay Farm Island Pipeline Crossings