The pile driving operation near the intersection of Buena Vista Street and Winona Avenue under I-5 began this morning. The work is part of Caltrans’ I-5 Empire Project and is necessary to construct the foundation for the widened Buena Vista Street bridge, which will accommodate new carpool lanes in both directions of I-5.
Most weekdays, the contractor will begin driving piles at 7 a.m. and finish up at about 4 p.m., but some days the work will go longer, though not past 7 p.m. There will also be work on weekends. The pile driving is expected to be completed by mid- to late February. See the complete schedule here. This being a complex construction project, the schedule is subject to change.
Make no mistake: pile driving can be disruptive. We're basically pounding huge steel beams into the ground using brute force. So, if you hear construction noise and feel some shaking, that’s normal. Not pleasant, but normal. Because we want to know exactly how much noise and vibration are being generated, staff from the Caltrans Noise and Vibration Unit will measure impacts on both sides of I-5. We understand the operation is an inconvenience to the surrounding community – albeit a necessary one – and we want to be sure the noise and vibration generated are in line with expectations for an operation of this type.
We apologize for the disruption many times over and appreciate your patience.
Want more info? Check out the Buena Vista Street pile driving fact sheet here.
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