Emergency work projects January 2017

Emergency work has been nonstop for Graniterock’s Construction Division crews in the past couple of weeks as we’ve had the most rain seen in years, and roads have paid the price.

From Big Sur to the Santa Cruz Mountains, crews are working around the clock to clear roads of mud and debris and get them reopened for traffic.

Caltrans awarded multiple emergency work contracts to Graniterock due to the Company'slong history of exceeding expectations with the state agency.

Highway 129 near Aromas: A mudslide covering both lanes of Highway 129 forced a closure between Rogge Road and Highway 101 for several days. Roughly 800 yards of debris were removed from the two-lane highway. A section of the shoulder washed out under the roadnext to the Pajaro River.

Spencer Wright, Kurt Lanning, Thomas Haight, Robert Lindsay, Noe Trevino, Mike Mowry, Matt Rosbach, Zoilo Carrera, Billy Luker, Flavio Huato Moya, Randy Sanchez, Travis Sakamoto, Andy Godina Jr., Bobby Gill, Anthony Hammock, Robert Lauderdale, Luis Leyva, Gus Padilla and Jose Romero.

Big Sur: Graniterock has two emergency contracts with Caltrans withina 14-mile stretch of Highway 1 in Big Sur. One project called for installing 900 tons of rip rap to stabilize the bank of the Big Sur River, where the river water eroded the embankment near the road.

The other Big Sur project involved clearing a section of Highway 1 at mile marker 35 that had been entirely blocked by a rock slide.

Cleanup is expected to take several weeks.

Spencer Wright, Tim Carilli, Josh Congdon, Bobby Gill, Efrain Martinez, Ricardo Fuentes, Nick Arnold, Luis Rosales, Mark Hurley Jr., JJ Magallanes,Robert Caldeira,Antonio Romo,Ricardo Fuentesand Stephen Whitmire.

Highway 9 near Saratoga: Construction crews worked 24 hours a day – two crews each working 12-hour shifts - over the weekend to get Highway 9 open again to motorists.

A nearly three-mile section was closed due to a mudslide with boulders the size of a small car that blocked both lanes, shutting off a critical artery between Santa Cruz County and Silicon Valley.

In addition, several smaller slides wereremoved from the highway.

The team also installed k-rail at the base of the slide with permanent fencing to prevent future slides and they cut down two dozen trees.

Loose, unstable material had to be taken off the slide area to stabilize the slope.

A total of 1,600 tons of dirt and rock were removed before the highway was reopened Sunday evening, in time for Monday morning commuters.

“This was a road closure that impacted a lot of people trying to get to the Silicon Valley for work, so we worked as fast and as safely as we could,” said project engineer Matt Wadiak. “Caltrans was ecstatic in the results.”

John Garcia, Matt Wadiak, Kyle Dickson, Joe Bandiera, Kyle McLean, Robert Shaw, Robert Cados, Mark Waniski, Mark Vasquez, Rafael Lomeli, Jesse Marin, Chris Lofano, Josh Armer, David Duckworth, Pablo Ramirez, Monique Washington, Angel Zamaniego and Randy Sanchez.

In addition, Graniterock had severalguys working on Highway 17.

Darrell Lightfoot, Sam Loyola-Lopez, Austin Perkins, Saul Garcia, Jeremy Dennis, Marc Burrell, Abraham Tirado, Daniel Kelly, Joel Chavaz-Lobato and Joseph Gernler.