Completed Construction Projects

Completed City Construction Projects:
Project Title Project Description Project Status

Full Depth Asphalt and Baserock Recycling & Recompaction


Asphalt and baserock recycling and recompaction work on Hilfiker Drive from Alliance Road to Maple Avenue took place in selected areas on October 2, 2014. 


Contact the Public Works Dept. for more information at (707) 822-5957.

Wastewater Treatment Plant
Digester Cleaning

Wastewater treatment plant digester

Cleaning of the City’s wastewater treatment plant digester.


For more information, contact Water/Wastewater Superintendent Erik Lust at (707) 822-8184.

Samoa Gateway Project 
Phase II

Samoa Gateway Project Phase II

The Samoa Gateway Project's second phase consists of aesthetic elements including landscape planting, irrigation systems, decorative lighting, traffic and informational signage as well as art zones. The Arcata City Council awarded this contract to Miller Farms Nursery, Inc. at its Wednesday, July 24, 2013 special meeting. 


For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

McDaniel Slough Wetlands Enhancement/Restoration Project Phase 5

McDaniel Slough Site Prepared

Water Board permits have been issued and City contractors Hooven and Company have resumed construction of a new levee and connecting the levee system with the CA-255 roadway levee. The McDaniel Slough Wetlands project restores tidal and freshwater wetlands west of the City limits on the California Department of Fish and Game Mad River Wildlife Area. Humboldt Bay waters will be reintroduced to the project area sometime in 2013, restoring fish passage from the Bay to McDaniel Slough and Janes Creek. The project is funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the California Department of Fish and Game, the State Coastal Conservancy and the City of Arcata.


For more information contact the Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184.

Hilfiker Drive Water Main Replacement Project


Installation of water mains, valves, connections, fire hydrant, etc. on Hilfiker Drive. The City Council awarded this contract to Hooven and Company at its Wednesday, July 24, 2013 special meeting.

The water main on Hilfiker Drive will be replaced from Alliance to 120 feet east of Baldwin. The work will involve saw cutting, trenching, installing sleeves through existing culverts, installing pipe, valves, and fire hydrants, replacing existing water services with new water services, abandoning existing water mains in place, backfilling excavations and patch paving. The new water main will run parallel to the existing water main to reduce shutdown times for residences.

As of January 10, 2014, work on this project is complete. The roadway will be repaved in a future budget year. Patch paving of the roadway was determined to be counterproductive due to the poor condition of the paving on the balance of the street.

Project Specifications (superceded, see Addendum 1)

Plan Set (8.97 MB)

Addendum 1 with Revised Plan Set (6,633 KB)


For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

City of Eureka
Water Transmission Main

Eureka Water Pipeline

The City of Eureka is improving their water transmission main running from Seventh Street through Samoa Boulevard. Work involves installing a 24-inch diameter pipe located within a City of Eureka easement. City of Eureka contractors Mercer-Fraser Company has improved parts of the main crossing through the Healthsport and Arcata Community Center parking lot. The final phase of this project involves work under Samoa Boulevard, which will not be closed during completion of this project. Work hours will be limited to 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. There will be approximately one night of work required for a small portion of the project along Samoa Boulevard.


For more information, contact Mercer-Fraser Company at (707) 443-69371.

Asphalt Grind Out and Inlay Project

asphalt work

Grinding and repaving of failed asphalt on Spear Avenue, Janes Road, H Street and other locations within the City. Work includes deep grinding of asphalt, roadway excavation, compaction, asphalt paving and raising manholes, valves, cleanouts and monument covers in preparation for micro-resurfacing which is anticipated to be done in October 2013. The Arcata City Council awarded this contract to RAO Construction in July 2013.

Work is anticipated to begin on Monday, August 12, 2013, at Seventh Street and the Downtown Arcata area.  There will be partial road closures with one way traffic on Seventh Street. 

Project Specifications


For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

Arcata Community Forest
Managed Timber Harvest

Managed timber harvest

The City of Arcata is planning a small timber harvest along Trail #5 in the Arcata Community Forest. The City has an ongoing forest management program associated with our approved Non-Industrial Timber Management Plan (1-99-NTMP033 HUM). Timber harvest revenue pays for the management costs of the Community Forest as well as portions of the City's open space and parks programs.

This operation involves selective harvest with the goal of continuing to grow a larger forest stand. The resulting stand will look similar to the current conditions. The City is interested in maintaining the forest ecology and aesthetics and will stress safety to our contract timber operator.

City staff will post notices and close or provide detours to Trails # 5, #10 and portions of Trail #11 to ensure public safety.

Completed. A post-timber harvest tour of the Community Forest will take place during a special Forest Management Committee meeting on Friday, November 22 at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, contact the Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184.

Street Resurfacing Project

road micro-resurfacing

Micro-surfacing treatment and thermoplastic striping of roadways around Arcata. The Arcata City Council awarded this contract to VSS International at its Wednesday, July 24, 2013 special meeting.

Project Overview Map
Hyland Road Work Map
Downtown Arcata Work Map
Villa Way Work Map
Tanglewood Terrace & Lower California Work Map
Upper California Work Map
Pacific Manor, Vassaide Subdiv. Work Map
Valley West Subdivision Work Map


For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

Sunny Brae Sewer Work

Construction worker symbol

City contractor Wahlund Construction replaced the sewer mainline in the Sunny Brae Center area and on Seventh Street between I and J Streets. 

Completed - July 2013.

For more information contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957. 

Radar Feedback
Speed Signs

radar speed sign

Installation of radar feedback speed signs, a traffic calming measure, on Buttermilk Road near the Arcata City limit and Jacoby Creek School for vehicles traveling in both directions and along Old Arcata Road near the Bayside post office for northbound traffic.

Completed - May 2013.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

Sunny Brae Forest
Fuel Reduction

Sunnybrae Forest Fuel Reduction

CalFire High Rock Conservation Camp performed forest fuel reduction work along the perimeter of the Sunny Brae Forest. Crews removed and mulched understory brush, small saplings and low lying limbs, creating a shaded fuel break one hundred feet from the forest boundary. The goal of this work was to create a more fire resistant forest zone in proximity to the urban/wild land interface. Crews worked along the western boundary of Sunny Brae Forest adjacent to Panorama Drive from Buttermilk Lane north towards Fickle Hill Road.

Completed - Work began September 24 and ran through December 2012.

For more information contact the Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184.

Concrete and Asphalt Improvement Project 

Concrete and Asphalt Improvement Projects 

The City contracts with different construction companies to install sidewalks and driveways throughout the city and to replace failed concrete work and improve ADA access. This repair and upgrade work continues year round in various locations around the city. Click here for information on current City roadwork.


For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

Beith Creek Road Decommissioning Project
Phase 2

Beith Creek 09.08.11

The Beith Creek Road Decommissioning Project is designed to improve Beith Creek's water quality for fish, amphibians and other aquatic species by decreasing sediment running into the watershed from historic logging road construction practices. Phase two of the project removed five stream crossings and removes road no longer needed for timber management.

Completed - October 2012.

For more information contact the Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184.

Samoa Gateway Project
Phase I

Samoa Gateway Project 

The Samoa Gateway Project's aim is to renovate the Samoa Boulevard streetscape between the highway and the railroad tracks, adding sidewalks and bike lanes and improving signage and landscaping. Phase one consisted primarily of streetscape infrastructure improvements including curbs, gutters, sidewalks, lighting, medians and crosswalks as well as asphalt overlay and street striping. Contractor RAO Construction started work on July 19, 2011 and completed Phase I of the project with the installation of a lighted pedestrian-activated crosswalk warning system at the F Street and Samoa Boulevard intersection on August 30, 2012.

Completed - August 30, 2012.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

City Hall Roof Repair

09.12 City Hall Roof Repair

Replacement of aging roofing on part of City Hall.

Completed - September 2012.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

D Street Neighborhood Center Addition

08.12 D St. Neighborhood Ctr. Addition

Addition of 250 square feet of storage space to the D Street Neighborhood Center, facilitating increased use by the community. Structure was completed by Parks and Facilities Division staff and roofed by A & I Roofing.

Completed - August 2012.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

Windsong Park Playground Renovation

08.12 Windsong Park Playground renovation

Repair of equipment, installation of subsurface drainage system, signage, handicap accessible ramp and surfacing.

Completed- August 2012.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

Arcata Community Forest
Water Tank Replacement

ACF Water Tank 7 Construction

City contractors GR Sundberg, Inc., of McKinleyville, CA, constructed a new 175,000 gallon steel water tank, part of the City's water supply system, in the Community Forest near the junction of Trail #5 and #8. The tank was tested and brought online and the old tank decommissioned.

Completed - 2011.

For more information, contact the Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184.

Phillips House Foundation Repair

Phillips House Repair Project

City Park and Facility Division crews repaired the foundation and replaced the siding of the historic Phillips House above Arcata Community Park.

Completed - December 2011.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

H Street Improvement Project

H Street Construction Project

In September 2011, the City began a construction project to improve pedestrian access in the downtown Arcata area on H Street between 9th and 11th Streets. Contractors completely replaced the aging water and sewer mains and connections; improved the drainage system; completely removed, regraded, repaved and restriped the roadway; replaced existing sidewalks with new eight-foot wide sidewalks and installed traffic calming measures.

Completed - October 2011.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

LED Streetlight Installation

Energy efficient LED streetlight

Energy saving LED streetlights were installed in the Valley West area of Arcata, replacing 28 high pressure sodium lights and saving 18,690 kilowatt hours of energy and 9,794 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions per year. The project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the California Energy Commission in partnership wtih PG & E.

Completed - March 17, 2011.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

 Janes Creek Meadows Park Sidewalk and Trail Improvements














Janes Creek Meadows Park ImprovementsThe City did trail improvement work and sidewalk construction at Janes Creek Meadows Park to provide ADA accessibility and neighborhood connectivity. Pictured at left is the final sidewalk improvement for this project which runs from Janes Creek Meadows Park to the St. Louis Road roundabout. City and California Conservation Corps crews will continue removing non-native grasses and planting trees at the park.



Redwood Park Storm Drain RepairRedwood Park Storm Drain Repair



City crews repaired a storm drain at Redwood Park that was undermined by water erosion, creating a sinkhole.



Arcata Baylands/Lower Jacoby Creek Enhancement ProjectBaylands Construction 09.11


Habitat enhancement and restoration activities have been completed on the Jacoby Creek / Gannon Slough Wildlife Area between Old Arcata Road and Highway 101. City staff worked on a three-acre waterfowl pond. Heavy construction began on September 6, 2011. GR Sundberg, Inc., of McKinleyville, CA: constructed a habitat levee totaling 1,915 linear feat; modified 300 feet of existing levee; excavated 2,150 feet of new tidal channel; and installed tide gates, culverts and other related habitat enhancement work. The project was funded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program, the State Coastal Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Partners for Wildlife Program. For more information contact the City's Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184.




Upper Beith Creek Fish Habitat Enhancement


Beith Creek 09.08.11In late August 2011 work began on Phase One of a two phase effort to complete the Beith Creek Road decommissioning and sediment control project on the upper slopes of the Beith Creek watershed. Beith Creek drains to Sunny Brae and eventually to Humboldt Bay via the City-owned Jacoby Creek / Gannon Slough Wildlife Area. A contract was awarded to Wendt Construction Company of Fortuna, CA, to perform forest road decommissioning by recontouring the original configuration of the land including excavating road fill at approximately 13 stream crossings and removal of one mile of road in the City-owned Sunny Brae Forest in Arcata (Section 34 T6N R1E). The project was funded by the California Department of Fish and Game Fisheries Restoration Grant Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Wildlife Program. Construction on Phase One is complete. Phase Two is being finalized for construction in 2012. For more information contact the City's Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184. 



Marsh Five and Six Construction


Marsh Construction 09.16.11Conversion of an existing wastewater oxidation pond in the City's Corporation Yard into two wastewater treatment marshes. This project is designed to assist the City in naturally treating our community's wastewater. Construction was completed on three berms designed to slow the flow of wastewater, increasing the water's treatment as it moves through the Marsh. Planting work has begun and will be complete by December 30. For more information contact the City's Environmental Services Department at (707) 822-8184.






Water Main Replacement


The City contracted with Ariza Construction for the replacement of water lines and services south of Humboldt State University. The project began on June 16. The specific locations were:   



  • Lincoln Avenue - Wilson Street to Eastern Avenue
  • Center Street - A Street to Union Street
  • C Street - 10th Street to 13th Street
  • 12th Street - B Street to D Street
  • 10th Street - C Street to D Street.



Samoa Boulevard - Buttermilk Overlay and Rehabilitation


The City's pavement contractor, Kernen Construction, repaved the roundabouts at Union and Buttermilk Lane and along Old Arcata Road/Samoa Boulevard between those intersections. This project was funded through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) grant and City of Arcata Measure G paving funds.Samoa Blvd Buttermilk Overlay

Kernen Construction:



  • Ground out failing asphalt and repaved cracks at the intersection of Crescent Way and Samoa Boulevard and at the Buttermilk and Samoa roundabout;
  • Removed asphalt dikes and cleaned the edge of the roadway along the east and westbound traveled ways;
  • Demolished the old pedestrian refuge and formed, poured and finished concrete at the new pedestrian refuge on the south side of the Union Street roundabout;
  • Paved the Union Street roundabout with 950 tons of asphalt;
  • Paved the westbound lane of Samoa Boulevard from the raised pedestrian crosswalk to the Buttermilk roundabout;
  • Paved between the Union and Buttermilk roundabouts.

    Paving (placement of hot mixed asphalt) began on Tuesday, August 9 and continued through Thursday, August 11, 2011 when major construction was completed.


Pavement Re-Stripe Work - Traffic Solutions, Inc., the City's pavement striping contractor, finished refreshing the faded pavement striping along West End Road, Janes Road and Sunset Avenue at the 101 Overcrossing. Minor work continues at the Sunset Avenue and LK Wood Boulevard intersection.


Alliance Road Repaving and Rehabilitation Project - Installation of ADA corners and the following work on Alliance Road, between Foster Avenue and 29th Street has been completed:   


  • Sidewalk and corner curb ramp construction
  • Asphalt paving
  • Striping from Foster Ave. to 29th Street
  • Turn pocket for 27th Street northbound.

2010 Pavement Management Program - Installation of ADA curb ramps and sidewalks and asphalt paving was completed at the following locations:


  • Spear/Janes Road between Upper Bay and Riberio;
  • Ericson Way between Alder Grove Road and Ericson Court;
  • Multiple locations on 14th Street;
  • 14th Street between "J" Street and the 101 overcrossing, and along Ericson Way between Alder Grove Road and Frank Martin Court;
  • 14th Street, east of Union Street to parking lot into Redwood Park.

Arcata Community Forest Road and Trail Work - All forest road work was completed prior to October 15, 2010


  • Road #8 was graded and surfaced with rock to control erosion and provide a stable surface for year-round recreational use.  
  • Road #15 was treated with new rock surfacing.
  • Trail #13 has been reconstructed and surfaced to facilitate recreational use following timber harvest operations. 

Arcata Wildlife Sanctuary Salt Marsh Restoration - Salt marsh excavation and restoration and resurfacing of the public access trail adjacent to South "I" Street have been completed. Salt marsh vegetation planting was completed in December 2010 with assistance from 20 Friends of Arcata Marsh, Northcoast Environmental Center and other community volunteers. The City will continue monitoring and maintaining this site until salt marsh vegetation is well-established. Follow up vegetation maintenance is ongoing.


Baylands Fish and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Project - A new 48" tide gate was installed on September 27-29, 2010, on City-owned lands east of Highway 101 on North Jacoby Creek. Nahalem Marine was the contractor. The new tide gate will provide improved drainage and restore tidal habitat in the upstream channel.


Culvert Replacement at 14th Street at Jolly Giant Creek - Danco Builders recently installed a "fish-friendly" culvert and constructed a wetland floodplain for flood control. Native Tree Planting, Jolly Giant CreekCity staff installed vegetation and structures for habitat improvement. The City, with assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Northern Humboldt Employment Services staff, completed planting the site with native trees and shrubs in December 2010.


Larson Park Improvement Project - Tennis courts were renovated, additional courts were constructed and the lighting system was replaced. Bocce ball courts, a picnic area and playground were constructed. Landscaping work, an irrigation system, parking lot paving and electrical installation work have been completed. Work began July 26 and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Dec. 9, 2010


  • McDaniel Slough Wetland Enhancement Project - Phase 4 of this multi-phased, 280-acre project South of "V" Street at the Mad River Wildlife Area has been suspended for the winter. The City recently won additional NOAA grant funds for work to resume in the summer of 2011.
  • Samoa Sewage Lift Station - Construction is complete for the Samoa Sewage Lift Station Rehabilitation Project at 1721 Samoa Boulevard. The new sewage lift station started successfully on December 10, 2010 and is now fully operational. The previous, aging sewage lift station that was installed in 1968 has been taken offline and decommissioned. The Samoa Sewage Lift Station pumps approximately 60% of Arcata's wastewater flow. Erosion control and site maintenance will continue as needed.