H Street Project




The H Street improvement project was designed to improve pedestrian access in the downtown Arcata area. Construction took place 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.H Street Under Construction

The City Council awarded the G and H Street Pedestrian Improvement Project to Kernen Construction of Blue Lake, CA on August 17, 2011. Kernen Construction will be paid $486,920 to complete the work.

The City embarked on this construction project on Tuesday, September 6. Construction was completed by Sunday, October 30. The City Public Works Department was granted extended work hours through a variance in order to get the project completed as quickly as possible. Construction work began as early as 7 a.m. and was concluded prior to 10 p.m. daily. There was no work allowed at all on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18 during the North Country Fair.


H Street Progress Report for Friday, October 28, 2011

On Friday, October 28:

  • Construction began at 7 a.m.
  • Kernen Construction removed equipment, tools and signage from the work site and swept up.
  • Bill Sheppard raised manhole and water valve lids.
  • City forces placed crosswalks, installed signs and bike parking.

This is the final update. There are still minor details that will be completed over the next few days but the project is substantially complete. If you see something we have missed or you are concerned about, please call the Arcata Public Works Department at (707) 822-5957.

Project specifications required the contractor to begin the project with work on H Street between 9th and 10th Streets. This first part of the project was completed (less final paving and striping) in 21 calendar days maximum utilizing 15 work days. The contractor then proceded to work on H Street between 10th and 11th Streets with the same time allotment. There was a $2,000/day liquidated damages payment to the City for each calendar day used beyond those allotted.

The roadway was entirely closed to vehicles during work hours and pedestrians had access to the businesses except when major work was being performed. Affected businesses were notified about these major work periods.

The City worked to "get the word out" that the downtown businesses were open during construction by preparing a public outreach campaign through the local print media, placing signage around the construction areas before and during the construction and on the City's website.

Engineering Plans for the H Street Project