Prunedale Drainage Improvements Project
Caltrans proposes multiple drainage improvements within a 1.5-mile-long section of U.S. Route 101 in Monterey County from just north of the Crazy Horse Canyon Road/Echo Valley Road overcrossing (at post mile 98.8) to the northernmost intersection with Dunbarton Road (at post mile 100.3). Improvements would be implemented through various ways, including joint repair and/or a complete replacement, depending on the conditions at each location.
Existing culverts proposed for removal would be replaced with reinforced concrete pipes. For most of the project culvert locations, the scope of work includes upgrading the size of the culverts to a minimum of 24 inches in diameter to increase the discharge capacity and reduce the velocity of water flow. One 24-inch-diameter culvert would be replaced with a 30-inch-diameter culvert, and two others would be replaced with 36-inch-diameter culverts. Culvert replacements would use either the cut and cover method or the trenchless pipe jacking method. Existing drainage inlets would be replaced with new drainage inlets that meet current design standards. New flared end sections would be installed on the inlets and outlets of culverts as needed throughout the project limits to prevent erosion. Concrete headwalls would be removed and replaced as needed. Concrete spall repair would occur at the reinforced concrete box joints in one culvert (post mile 99.732).The repair of shoulder embankment slopes that have been damaged by erosion would occur at the outlets of two culverts (at post miles 99.06 and 99.21). Two drainage channels would be graded to remove excess silt and vegetation at post miles 99.42 and 99.73.
The purpose of this project is to replace or rehabilitate existing culverts in poor or fair condition to maintain the functionality of the culverts and protect the embankments and the roadway from potential slope or pavement failure.
As documented in the Drainage System Reports from the Culvert Inventory, culverts within the project limits show varying degrees of damage caused by corrosion, deformation, perforation, damaged inverts, shape loss, joint separation, undermined backfill, and overall deterioration. If culverts are allowed to deteriorate any further, future roadway failure is possible.
Estimated Funding Breakdown
|Funding Source||Funding Amount|
|Federal||Eligible (To Be Determined)|
- Not Applicable
Proposed Project Schedule
|Final environmental document to be completed||August 2022|
|Right-of-way acquisition to be completed||May 2024|
|Design to be completed||December 2023|
|Construction to begin||November 2024|
|Construction to be completed||November 2025|
News and Events
Public Hearing Information
The public comment period will be open between June 27, 2022 and July 26, 2022. Please submit your comments or request for a virtual public meeting in writing by U.S. mail or by email no earlier than June 27, 2022 and no later than July 26, 2022, to:
Matt C. Fowler
50 Higuera Street
San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Jackson Ho, Project Manager
Phone: (805) 276-1114
Matt Fowler, Senior Environmental Planner
Phone: (805) 779-0793
District 5 Public Information Office
Phone: (805) 549-3318
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- Initial Study with Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration - June 2022 (PDF, 9.01MB)
Title VI Information
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- Title VI Brochure (English, PDF)
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- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Caltrans Information)