Storm Damage Repair on Midas Ave
March 23, 2023 Update
As many know, on January 16, an immediate closure was required due to a potential street and sidewalk failure. Excessive rains at the beginning of the new year caused stress to the underground culvert that diverts storm water. Preliminary work continues to prepare the area for major construction on Midas Avenue and Fifth Street/Argonaut Avenue. The replacement structure for the project was received this week. City staff are working on removing existing rip rap and as much soil as possible, without jeopardizing the area, until we are through the heavy rains. Staff continue to monitor creek flows, which have been steady. Anticipated full demolition and excavation at the project site is expected to start after Tuesday. Any construction and demolition is weather dependent.
Crews are diligently working to keep the updated construction to Midas Avenue on track following heavy winter storms.
March 16, 2023 Update
Repairs between Midas avenue and Fifth Street and Argonaut Avenue are still on track for a late April completion. Despite continued harsh weather conditions, the projected timeline for the Midas Ave. closure has not been impacted. On January 16, an immediate closure was required due to a potential street and sidewalk failure. Excessive rains at the beginning of the new year caused stress to the underground culvert that diverts storm water. Currently, the replacement arch culvert is scheduled to be shipped mid-March. Preliminary work continues to prepare the area for the major construction work that will take place once the culvert is delivered.
Staff will continue to keep residents informed on the Midas Ave. closure and anticipated completed construction.
March 9, 2023 Update
As many residents are aware, Midas Avenue between Fifth Street and Argonaut Avenue has been closed since January 16, when heavy storms created a street and sidewalk failure, which required an emergency repair.
With forecasted storms on the horizon, City staff have been working hard to mitigate additional stress on our streams and creeks, including a drainage diversion for Midas Avenue creek crossing. A drainage pipe was installed to carry water flows, in the event of further collapse of the existing structure. Sandbags have been placed to divert water flows around the failed area and into the creek or diversion pipe. While crews have been working at the site removing trees, stumps have been left in place to stabilize the banks until after the storms.
Despite extreme winter storms, the Midas Avenue emergency repair project is still estimated to be completed in late April.
March 2, 2023 Update
Residents may have noticed some work happening at the Midas Avenue closure site recently. Crews have been clearing the site and removing trees in preparation for the culvert replacement. Some materials have been delivered, but staff are still waiting for all materials needed to complete the replacement. Much of this work is weather dependent, however crews have still been able to accomplish work despite the rain the past week. Once the weather patterns change and creek flows are steady and predictable, the contractor will install the diversion pipe and start demolition of the existing structure to build the footings for the new structure.
January 17, 2023 Update
As many in the community are aware, Midas Avenue between Fifth Street and Argonaut Avenue has been closed since January 16th. The immediate closure was needed due to a potential street and sidewalk failure that required an emergency repair. The excessive rains from the first two weeks in January caused stress to the underground culvert that diverts storm water. This caused water to infiltrate the surrounding soil and created unsafe conditions for vehicles and pedestrians. Underground water, gas, and fiber-optic utilities in this area were exposed, and City crews are working with utility partners to ensure that utilities are not impacted.
To repair the damage to the culvert and road, crews will need to divert the existing water flow, purchase, construct, and install the new 12-foot by 10-foot culvert, and reconstruct the road. The repair is estimated to take 10 to 12 weeks. While these repairs take place, this area of Midas Avenue will remain closed to vehicle and foot traffic. Residents may not see active work in the area, but crews are working behind the scenes to ensure the repair is complete as soon as possible.
This site remains an active and hazardous construction zone, so residents are encouraged to find alternate pedestrian paths away from the area. Traffic is being detoured to Sunset Boulevard from Whitney Boulevard to the north and Third Street to the south. Residents can find more information about the repair process on the City’s website here: https://www.rocklin.ca.us/post/midas-ave-road-closure You can also view the road closure map by clicking on the photo below.
The Midas Avenue repair was discussed at the January 24, 2023 City Council meeting. The read the staff report for the presentation, click here (pdf) To view the PowerPoint from the presentation, click here(pdf).