Construction begins on Moraga sinkhole damaged during winter rains

Contractors began work on Monday to fix a damaged pipe that caused a huge sinkhole in town during the winter storms in a project that is expected to continue through October.
Moraga’s Public Works Director Edric Kawn said in a news release that the town’s contractor, McGuire and Hester of Oakland, was hired to repair approximately a 130-foot long section of the 96-inch diameter corrugated metal pipe culvert within the Rheem Boulevard and Center Street sinkhole. The cost of the project is expected to be $1.3 million, which caused the town to declare a fiscal emergency. 

He said construction is expected to be completed in mid-October, barring any significant utility or weather delays.

The Rheem Boulevard and Center Street intersection will be completely closed to vehicular traffic during the project, he said. Driveways to both commercial districts will provide access to all local businesses. Detours will be set up by the contractor to route traffic on Rheem Boulevard back to Glorietta Boulevard and traffic on Moraga Road to either Moraga Way or into Lafayette. The contractor will provide pedestrian access through the project site when physically possible.

For additional project information, please visit the project website.