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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Santa Ana River Embankment Protection Project Update

Rock Removal

For the past few years, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been restoring the embankments within the Santa Ana River. The work began in the channel vicinity near Mercado Del Rio and has continued easterly. The first phase of work between Mercado Del Rio and a point west of Old Village Road has been completed; however, the current phase of work which extends from a point west of Old Village Road to Camino De Bryant has been temporarily halted.

Project Status

City staff recently reached out to the Army Corps of Engineers for an update on the Santa Ana River Embankment Protection Project along La Palma Avenue on the east side of Yorba Linda.
Work in the riverbed has temporarily stopped due to the completion of the cleanup effort by the Army Corps’ temporary contractor, who was hired to stabilize the site after the original contractor was removed from the project due to excessive delays. The Army Corps is currently updating the specifications for the outstanding improvements required to complete the riverbed restoration project. Once the specifications are updated, bids will be solicited for a period of 30 to 45 days with an anticipated award date sometime in September. Construction will likely resume sometime this Fall and is anticipated to last until the end of 2021.
While this project is not a City project and the City is not a party to the contract, the City of Yorba Linda has been actively engaged with the Army Corp and has communicated the need for timely completion of the project and the desire of residents for more frequent updates on project status. The project’s Engineer will expect the contractor hired to complete this project to provide community outreach regarding their construction. Future updates on the Sana Ana River Embankment Protection Project will be provided on the City’s website and in future issues of the City’s e-newsletter, the Yorba Linda Connection.

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