The Big Canyon Restoration project is a multi-phase effort to improve water quality in Newport Beach and protect existing natural resources. Construction for the first phase of this project is underway and will include the following:
1. Restoring historic riparian habitat by removing six acres of non-native vegetation and replanting with native plant species.
2. Stabilizing the creek and floodplain through vegetated revetments.
3. Treating storm water runoff from Jamboree Road through installation of a vegetated infiltration basin to filter storm runoff before releasing back into Big Canyon Creek.
4. Protecting wildlife by capturing high concentration selenium seeps and diverting these seep flows to the sanitary sewer.
5. Enhancing public access within the Big Canyon Nature Park.
The construction contract is approximately $1.8 million dollars with a completion scheduled for Spring 2017.
The Semeniuk Slough Maintenance Dredging Project, a cooperative project led by the City of Newport Beach with support by Caltrans, proposes to restore flood conveyance capacity in Semeniuk Slough and the State-owned storm drain box culvert that drains into the south end of the slough to restore the channel within the slough to its original depth of three feet below the Mean Lower Low Water. This depth will match that of the recently restored downstream section at the Santa Ana Marsh by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The construction work will be performed “in-the-dry” by construction of a temporary sheet pile cofferdam across the channel at the north end and then dewatering the channel. Water pumped out during the dewatering operation will be discharged within a silt curtain enclosure adjacent to the cofferdam. The silt curtain will intercept and contain sediment so any accumulation can be removed at the end of the project. The sheet piling will be completely removed at the conclusion of all dredging work.
Conventional land-based equipment consisting of excavators, blades, and front-end loaders will be used by the City’s contractor to remove approximately 8,500 cubic yards of sediment within the main body of the slough. An additional 2,000 cubic yards of sediment will be removed by the City’s contractor from the storm drainage ditch immediately south of the slough channel and a portion of the Caltrans storm drain.
Sediment deposits within the 14-foot-wide by 5-foot-high box culvert will be removed by Caltrans using a small, low-height, remotely controlled excavator that is specially designed for such work. The excavator will temporarily stockpile material near the entrance to the culvert. All excavated material will be hauled inland and disposed of immediately at an approved and selected disposal site. A temporary 800-foot-long gravel roadway will be placed in the culvert drainage ditch and south end of the Semeniuk Slough channel bed to allow an off-highway truck to haul the sediment from the culvert opening to the highway truck loading area. Approximately 1,000 tons of gravel will be imported and placed in a 15-foot wide, 18-inch thick roadbed section. All gravel will be removed from the channel bed and hauled away after the culvert cleaning operation is complete.
Non-native vegetation will be removed along the east bank of Semeniuk Slough at five locations to provide equipment access. Access points will be selected where non-native plants and non-native vegetation currently exist.
The California Coastal Commission determined that a coastal development permit is not required for this project and issued the City a De Minimis Waiver on March 10, 2016.
Pursuant to the Contract Specifications, the contractor will have 180 consecutive calendar days to complete project tasks.
The Irvine Avenue Pavement and Median Rehabilitation project includes removal and replacement of 44,000 square feet of median grass with drought tolerant plants, shrubs and hardscape (between Santiago Avenue to University Drive); grinding existing street pavement and overlaying new rubberized asphalt concrete from Santiago Avenue to Monte Vista Drive. Additionally, median drainage, ADA improvements, which include the reconstruction of curb, sidewalk and curb access ramps, and new efficient median irrigation systems are included in the scope of work.
Work for the Irvine Avenue Pavement & Median Rehabilitation project continues to progress. Since the last project update, the contractor has completed installation of a new water efficient irrigation system, weed abatement, and concrete improvements for sidewalk, driveway, cross gutter and ADA curb access ramps. The next order of work will be to install all median hardscape improvements, replace deteriorated guard-rail posts along the s-curve and start planting new California drought tolerant plants and shrubs.
Lane closures (between 7am and 4:30pm) will be required to complete this work as efficiently and safely, as possible. Public Works staff will monitor traffic conditions, phase work and adjust work hours and lane closures, accordingly.
The MacArthur Boulevard Pavement Rehabilitation project will provide a new rubberized asphalt surface pavement from East Coast Highway to Ford Road/Bonita Canyon Drive. Rubberized asphalt provides a smoother ride with less road noise. Additionally, the project includes removing and reconstructing deteriorated concrete sidewalks, curbs, and curb access ramps.
The City successfully secured $1,000,000 in federal grant funds through the Orange County Transportation Authority’s (OCTA) Regional Surface Transportation Program (RTSP).
Concrete improvements will be the first item of work and will require minor lane closures. Due to the upcoming holidays, the asphalt paving operation, which requires large equipment, will begin after January 2017.
Due to the recent and much needed rain, the project has been delayed. By the end of January, the Contractor will finish the concrete improvements which include removing and reconstructing deteriorated concrete sidewalks, curbs, and curb access ramps within the project limits.
Deep pavement reconstruction operation is scheduled to start on Monday night (1-30-17) and run thru Friday morning (2-3-17), weather permitting. Night work hours are from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am. This work is located on MacArthur Blvd at the Ford Rd./Bonita Canyon Dr. intersection and requires large paving equipment; therefore, one lane of traffic will remain open at all times in each direction.
The grind and overlay operation is scheduled for early February. Daytime work hours are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. This work will cover the entire project limits on MacArthur Blvd from Coast Hwy to Ford Rd./Bonita Canyon Dr.. Due to large paving equipment, one lane of traffic will remain open at all times in each direction.
Please note the traffic control cones and signs throughout the construction site and please reduce speed. Also, consider using alternate routes such as Jamboree Rd., San Miguel Dr., and Newport Coast Dr. during construction to avoid delays. Pavement striping and utility adjustments will follow immediately after paving operations.
Assuming construction progresses as scheduled, this project will be substantially complete by the end of March 2017.
The existing Corona Del Mar Fire Station No. 5 and the Corona Del Mar Branch Library went into service separately approximately sixty years ago. Both of these buildings have exceeded their intended service life and need to be replaced.
The City contracted with WLC Architects (WLC) for design and construction document preparation for the new joint-use building. Since then, City staff has held multiple public meetings with the Community for their inputs as well as working with the Library Board of Trustees on the building designs. Upon design selection, WLC has completed the construction plans that are currently in building department plan check.
Staff expects the advertisement for construction bids on this much anticipated project to occur later this year. Construction at the Marigold Avenue site will start early next year and continue for about twelve months.
In addition, since the existing Fire Station must remain operational during construction, Fire Department staff and their equipment (fire engine, paramedic unit, tools, gears, supplies, etc.) will be relocated to temporary rented trailers at the City parking lot on the northwest corner of Marguerite Avenue and Fifth Avenue, while the new building is under construction. Fire and medical services will not be impacted by the construction.
The Park Avenue Bridge Replacement project was initiated by the City in 2009 to replace the existing bridge that connects Big Balboa Island and Little Balboa Island over the Grand Canal. The existing bridge was constructed in 1928. It was rehabilitated in 1984 which included adding ADA access ramps.
As part of its bi-annual bridge inspection program, the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has classified this bridge as functionally obsolete and therefore included it in the Federal Highway Bridge Program (HBP) for rehabilitation or replacement. Upon the HBP listing, Caltrans and City staff engineers reviewed the available work options and ultimately determined that it will be more cost effective and functional to replace the Bridge.
The project team continued to adjust the construction schedule daily in order to maximize progress as well as to compensate for the work loss due to inclement weather. With the old bridge removed, the work is now focused on constructing the new bridge components…starting with the falsework over the Canal, followed by the delivery and placement of large prefabricated steel girders next week. Once the girders are placed, Meek will begin constructing the new bridge deck on the girders. The confined jobsite will soon be abuzz with other pieces of equipment, materials, and crews, as the new bridge and the pedestrian ramps take shape.
Many thanks to the Community for the continued support and cooperation.
Newport Banning Ranch is a 402.3-acre planned community proposed by Newport Banning Ranch, LLC; a partnership formed by Aera Energy, Cherokee Investment Partners, and Brooks Street. The project would contain a maximum of 1,375 dwelling units, 75,000 square feet of retail commercial, a 75- room “boutique” hotel, parks, and open space. The site is generally bound to the north by Talbert Nature Preserve/Regional Park (Costa Mesa); to the south by West Coast Highway and the Newport Shores Community; to the east by Newport Crest Community, West Newport Mesa, and Westside Costa Mesa; and to the west by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wetlands restoration area and the Santa Ana River. Approximately 40 acres of the site are located within the incorporated boundary of the City of Newport Beach; the remainder of the site is within unincorporated Orange County, but within the City of Newport Beach’s adopted Sphere of Influence.
Coastal Commission Postpones Action on Newport Banning Ranch, Please click here.
With the new Civic Center open and operating, the City continues to plan for the re-use of the former City Hall complex located at the corner of Newport Boulevard and 32nd Street. The site provides an excellent opportunity for redevelopment in a manner that benefits the areas of Lido Village, Balboa Peninsula, and West Newport Beach. Work began on amendments to the General Plan, Coastal Land Use Plan, and Zoning Ordinance to accommodate future mixed use development. While work on the amendments was progressing, the City selected, through an open and competitive Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and then a Request for Proposals (RFP) process, R.D. Olson as the development team to negotiate a long-term lease of the property to develop and operate an upscale hotel on the site.
The California Coastal Commission approves the Lido House Hotel….
For more information on the Lido House Project, Please click here.
On January 13, 2015, the City Council voted to move forward with an interim plan to bring back wood-burning fire rings that comply with the AQMD and California Coastal Commission. The plan includes moving the fire rings to provide the needed 100′ spacing between wood-burning rings.
Until Friday, March 6, the City is seeking community input on seven proposed plans for the fire rings. To take the survey and / or leave a comment, please visit www.connectnewportbeach.com.
Background on the Fire Ring Issue
Newport Beach has concrete fire rings on the beach in two areas: 27 fire rings are located on Corona del Mar State Beach, and 33 fire rings are located near the Balboa Pier. Some of the fire rings are located on State property (Corona del Mar), and all of the fire rings are located in the coastal zone. The fire rings are appreciated by many who visit, but also result in extensive and often daily wood smoke released in adjacent residential areas. In March 2012, the City Council voted 7-0 in favor of upholding the Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission’s recommendation and directed City staff to take the necessary steps to remove the fire rings at both locations.
Removal of the fire rings requires a Coastal Development Permit to be issued by the California Coastal Commission (CCC). On March 1, 2013, the Governing Board of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) directed its staff to consider including a prohibition on beach burning in its amendment to Rule 444 – Open Burning, which was to be considered for approval by the Board on May 3, 2013. The SCAQMD ultimately adopted the amendment on July 12, 2103 which included regulations affecting fire rings located within 700 feet of residents beginning March 1, 2014. The SCAQMDs action also included the issuance of a RFP to solicit proposals for the demonstration of low emission nonwood beach-type fire rings.
The Park Avenue Bridge Replacement project will replace the existing bridge from Big Balboa Island to Little Balboa Island over the Grand Canal.
The MacArthur Boulevard Pavement Rehabilitation project will provide a new rubberized asphalt surface pavement from East Coast Highway to Ford Road/Bonita Canyon Drive. Rubberized asphalt provides a
Irvine Avenue Pavement & Median Rehabilitation project resurfaces pavement and reconstucts turf medians with water friendly landscaping.
A cooperative project led by the City of Newport Beach restores flood conveyance capacity in Semeniuk Slough.
A multi-phase project to improve water quality in Newport Beach and restore this natural resource.
Both of these buildings have exceeded their intended service life and need to be replaced.
With the new Civic Center open and operating, the City continues to plan for the re-use of the former City Hall complex located at the corner of Newport Boulevard and 32nd Street. The site provides an
Newport Banning Ranch is a 402.3-acre planned community proposed by Newport Banning Ranch, LLC; a partnership formed by Aera Energy, Cherokee Investment Partners, and Brooks Street.
Newport Beach has concrete fire rings on the beach in two areas: 27 fire rings are located on Corona del Mar State Beach, and 33 fire rings are located near the Balboa Pier.