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Work on Boardman Canal expected to cause some disturbances

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Work on the Boardman Canal is expected to cause disturbances along Pacific Avenue near Railhead Park. The Placer County Water Agency is working to relocate a section of its Boardman Canal that runs through an old pipe beneath the Pacific Heights apartment complex. The project involves installing a 54-inch diameter pipeline, which is eight to 17 feet under the road, and filling the old section with concrete to prevent collapse in the future. According to PCWA, the canal “is a key PCWA conveyance facility, carrying water to and through wide areas of central and western Placer County.” A recently discovered underground rock formation is causing delays and additional work in the project, according to Brent Smith, deputy director of technical services at PCWA. The rock formation is 150-200 feet long and needs to be drilled and jack hammered over the next four weeks in order to continue with the project. The work is expected to cause noise, ground vibration and traffic controls, Smith said. According to PCWA, detours are in effect in the project area from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and neighbors can expect noise during these hours. The project is expected to be completed this summer. “We apologize for this temporary inconvenience, and we will work quickly to minimize the impact to our customers,” Smith said. Anyone with questions about the construction can call the PCWA Customer Services Center at (530) 823-4850 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. ~Staff report