Gladstone Pipeline and River Intake Construction Update
This update includes construction work in the following areas. Read more for specific information on each location.
- River Intake Pump Station (RIPS) - almost complete!
- Meldrum Bar Park pipeline work - night work started this week
- Microtunnel at Jensen Road pathway - to begin late January
River Intake Pump Station (RIPS) - almost complete!
The roof is now complete! Fish screens will be installed next week. Concrete will also be poured for the new RIPS pedestrian gate.
Crews have finished removing the work decking around the exterior of the structure, and have started removing the work bridge. The large red crane will be removed from the site in early February.
Startup for pump testing and commissioning is expected to begin in late January and continue through February.
Check out this drone's eye view (opens an external website) of construction at the RIPS during fall, along with other key facilities.
Meldrum Bar Park pipeline work - night work started this week
This week, crews began installing pipe in Meldrum Bar Park at night along Meldrum Bar Park Road, between the river and Dahl Park Road (pictured right). Work in this area is occuring between 8 p.m. – 5a.m., Monday to Friday, and is expected to be complete late next week.
Once pipe is installed to Dahl Park Road, crews will progress east along Meldrum Bar Park Road, through the eastern parking lot near the ball fields in Meldrum Bar Park and continue along the Jensen Road pathway. This work will occur during the day (7a.m. – 6p.m., Monday to Friday).
Access to the park and boat ramp will remain open during Meldrum Bar Park hours. Please watch for flaggers in the work areas, as single lane closures may be in place during construction in the park. Neighbors and park users can expect to see and hear excavators, loaders, pipe, steel plates, gravel and dump trucks.
Microtunnel at Jensen Road pathway – equipment mobilization and excavation to begin late January
In late January, crews expect to begin mobilizing equipment, excavating the microtunnel shaft (work pit), and installing steel piles to support the shaft at the Jensen Road pathway, near River Road. Once this is done, crews will pour a temporary floor in the base of the shaft and place the tunnel borning machine in the shaft. The machine will then bore a tunnel under River Road and McLoughlin Boulevard, working east to Exeter Street.
Dirt and materials will be removed during the excavation and microtunneling. Equipment will run on the microtunnel site, sometimes continuously during work hours.
Neighbors can expect to see and hear excavators, a hydraulic crane, trucks, a separation tank for the materials removal and a generator. During work hours, there may also be an increase in noise, truck traffic and vibration depending on neighbors’ locations.
To maintain safety, the Jensen Road pathway will be closed to pedestrians during construction of the microtunnel and pipeline work along the pathway. Please use Meldrum Bar Park Road to access the park during this time.