Sinkhole Repairs Expedited: Goal of Christmas Day Completion

Update: City of Lafayette has contract with C.C. Myers Inc. for $600,000, which includes round-the-clock work.

Updated: 6 p.m. Tuesday, more details about the project.

The city of Lafayette has moved to an expedited, round-the-clock work schedule on the Dec. 2 sinkhole collapse that seeks to have Mountain View Drive restored over Lafayette Creek by Christmas Day.

The city has signed a "time and materials" contract for $600,000 for the expedited work with C.C. Myers Inc., "California's leader in emergency response," in the words of Lafayette City Manager Steve Falk.

Falk said he had presented to the City Council last week a scenario in which repairs would go on into the spring before the drive was restored. "The City Council was not satisfied with that answer," Falk said. The city began pursuing an expedited solution with C.C. Myers Inc., based in Rancho Cordova, which worked on infrastructure repairs in Northridge after the 1994 earthquake and to the MacArthur Maze in Oakland after the tanker truck accident in 2007.

The $600,000 figure was negotiated, Falk said, and pertains to the "scope of the work as we understand it." Falk added that the work may not be finished by Christmas if the weather is exceptionally wet in the next two weeks.

There is now Visqueen plastic lining the creek at the sinkhole chasm to keep the banks from eroding, Falk said. A temporary dam is built on the creek with pumps that can send water through pipes downstream to bypass the chasm that cuts Mountain View Drive in two.

The permanent fix is move 10 concrete pipes, 12 feet in diameter, to form a high-capacity culvert, said Mark Beadleston, general superintendent for C.C. Myers Inc. Those pipes come in 8-foot sections that weigh 42,000 pounds each. Cranes had begun to move the pipe sections in place on Tuesday.

One local resident remains inconvenienced by the emergency work, Falk said. That is the family of Mike Anderson, elected as mayor of Lafayette by the City Council Monday night, —whose access to their driveway is blocked.

The city has circulated fliers in the neighborhood explaining the plans for the expedited repair.


Dive Turn Work December 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Not since the Germans went with hydrogen instead of helium have I read such nonsense. Revolve the work around your baby's sleep schedule....
lovelafayette December 12, 2012 at 10:07 PM
Agreed, this is like killing a fly with a hammer. An extremely expensive hammer. Unrelenting noise and sleep deprivation can affect your health and that of your newborn. Talk to your Mayor about the city footing the bill for the only hotel in town. I suspect they are waiting for these requests. This was not a natural disaster, rain was forecast and it rained! Lafayette is currently dealing with a "A Notice of Violation" from SFBRWQB (water quality) for illegal dumping by the Parks Department and accumulation of trash in Las Trampas Creek. Different creek, same issue. The public works department did not do the job we pay them to do: keep the waterway free of debris, the creek waters clean, and maintain the integrity of the roadways. An ounce of prevention would have prevented this failure.
lovelafayette December 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Sorry, the one household comment came from the reporter on KCBS, who went on to say it was the mayor who cannot use his driveway.
lovelafayette December 12, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Is mapquest wrong again? It shows Mt View dead ends at the top of the hill. Have there been traffic jams on Dewing? I drive all over town and have not noticed any change in the flow of traffic. My real point was to take some time to figure out the best solution, not just the knee jerk, put Humpty back together again as fast as possible. The way it was didn't really work out that well, so can we improve it? However, the time has passed for that line of thought. The creek will soon again be out of sight, channeled into an unnatural pathway and traffic will flow on Mountain View.
Born and Raised December 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Joe, just out of curiousity, what town do you live in? It can't be Lafayette with a statement like that. Mountain View is definitely NOT a major bypass street. Even if you did consider it that you could go another block down to Dewing and use it as a bypass.


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