The Canyon Road bridge that connects Moraga with the community of Canyon and the Redwood Canyon area, will be closed at 7:00 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, April 18) for an indefinite period of time. The bridge will be closed to all traffic, including vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian.
Canyon Road will be closed between Constance Place in Moraga and the EBMUD Valle Vista Staging area. Commute traffic between Moraga and Oakland will be affected. (click title for full story) The area around the bridge was checked by geotechnical engineers due to a nearby land slide and earth movement. Both the geotechnical engineers and structural engineers determined that the bridge has suffered structural damage as a result of the earth movement and recommended closure due to the danger of collapse.
The Town is coordinating with the Moraga-Orinda Fire District and other agencies to finalize the contingency plan for emergency responses into the community of Canyon.
The Town will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.
On Monday and Tuesday, April 24, 2017 and April 25, 2017 the redwood trees at Rancho Laguna Park will be treated with a fungicide for disease suppression. The park will be closed from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm both days. (click title for full story)
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The final paving between St. Mary’s Road and Draeger Drive occured on Saturday, April 15. There will be intermittent closures the weeks of April 17 and April 24 between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm to raise the existing manholes back to the new grade and install the new pavement delineation. (click title for full story)
The road closure associated with the Rheem Boulevard Landslide Repair and Repaving project reopened to public traffic on Thursday, March 30. To celebrate the occasion, a brief ribbon cutting ceremony took place to mark the event. The $2.6 million public-private partnership project was completed with funding provided by: Summerhill Homes ($934K), Contra Costa Transportation Authority ($729K), Measure K ($533K), and Impact Fees ($390K). Pictured from left to right are: Edric Kwan, Public Works Director; Teresa Onoda, Mayor; Dave Trotter, Councilmember; John Anderson, Local Sales Tax Oversight Committee Member; Kevin Ebrahimi, SummerHill; and Bob Priebe, Town Manager. (click title for full story)
The Planning Commission and Design Review Board will hold a special joint Study Session on Monday, April 24, starting at 6:00 pm at the Town Council Chambers, 335 Rheem Boulevard, to discuss proposed plans for improvements within the Rheem Valley Shopping Center. The discussion will include upgrades to (click title for full story) building exteriors, pedestrian areas, signage and wayfinding. The project will involve all properties owned by US Realty Partners, encompassing most of the storefronts on Park Street east of the Rheem Theatre, and along Center Street from Nation’s Giant Hamburgers to the CVS store, as well as several of the stand-alone restaurants that abut Moraga Road. For more information contact Coleman Frick, Associate Planner, at 925-888-7039.
The current Moraga Road Underground Utility Conversion Project (Corliss Drive to Devin Drive) is in the last stages for the construction for the new underground facilities. All conversions from the existing overhead power source to the new underground system are complete, and PG&E recently removed their overhead lines from the wood poles along Moraga Road. Now both AT&T and Comcast need to perform similar work to allow the removal of all overhead lines and wood poles along the north side of Moraga Road. The utility work is expected to continue into May with occasional lane closures on Moraga Road. (click title for full story)
The Town Council held a continued public hearing to consider a number of updates to the Town’s Zoning Ordinance to clarify and streamline regulations for residential additions to non-conforming buildings, and construction of accessory buildings and structures, among other more minor changes. While Council agreed on most of the proposed changes, additional revisions were suggested to areas of the code dealing with allowable small structures and non-conforming residential additions. The item was continued again to the meeting of April 26. For more information contact Ellen Clark, Planning Director, 925-888-7041. (click title for full story)
Moraga's historical gem, the Hacienda de las Flores park and events center, welcomes the community to a free fiesta de Mayo event on Sunday, May 7, noon to 6:00 pm, 2100 Donald Drive. This fiesta has something fun for every age - authentic Mexican food and drinks, beer and wine, live Mariachi Band, piñata contests, tortilla making, (click title for full story) bean bag toss games, historic photography, cupcake walks, and more. Presented by the Hacienda Foundation in cooperation with Moraga Parks and Recreation.
Drivers have found that the newly opened section of Rheem Boulevard is a smooth and easy driving road. Drivers must remember that Rheem Boulevard is a posted 35 MPH zone and that speeding endangers lives, especially the residents who live on Rheem Boulevard. Moraga Police are conducting extra patrols of Rheem Boulevard and have already issued over a dozen speeding citations. Please remember to keep speeds down and drive safely! (click title for full story)
Recently, a citizen found unexploded grenades while cleaning out a relative’s home in another city. The grenades were brought to the Moraga Police Department front counter, necessitating evacuation of Town Hall until a bomb squad responded and removed the grenades. This incident imperiled property and peoples’ lives. Older munitions can be extremely unstable and movement can cause explosions. Any dangerous items found, such as grenades, should be left untouched and immediately reported via 9-1-1. (click title for full story)
Introducing the inaugural Moraga Leisure Sport Triathlon on Saturday, May 27, 2017; a fun alternative to the traditional triathlon! Teams of four will participate and compete in Bocce Ball, Cornhole, and Disc Golf. The event starts at 11:00 am, with teams rotating between the three activities throughout the day and ending around 3:00 pm. Participants will (click title for full story) receive an event t-shirt, a commemorative item, catered BBQ lunch, and a trophy for the winning team. The fee is $160 per team with a minimum of 12 teams needed, and a maximum of 24 teams allowed. Registration ends May 8, so follow the link to register a team.
The Local Sales Tax Oversight Committee reviews audits and tracks the performance of the paving programs and services to prepare an annual independent report for the Council regarding the use of Measure K funds. The Town is currently recruiting candidates to serve two-year terms on the Committee. Candidates with expertise in (click title for full story) finance and accounting (preferably public sector finance); pavement management and engineering; capital project management; or public affairs and communications are being sought. Please visit the Town website for the LSTOC application packet to submit to the Town Clerk’s Office, 329 Rheem Boulevard, or email to Town Clerk.
The Town is waiting for approval by California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) who administers federal emergency funds on behalf of the Federal Highway Administration to solicit bids from prospective contractors to repair the Moraga Sinkhole. Caltrans is aware that the Town needs to receive approvals by early May to maintain the project schedule and complete repairs during this year’s construction season. (click title for full story)