Fixing Sewers - What a Relief

MAP of pipe lining work through March 25, 2017 - also see notes under Construction this Week

Schedule may change due to weather or other conditions

Latest news: The “What a Relief” Sewer Rehabilitation Program has six packages worth a total of $16.8 million in capital investment. Packages 1, 2 and 4 are 100% complete. Packages 3, 5, 6 are over half complete. The overall program is close to 75% complete, with full completion expected by March 2017. A second phase of Packages 3, 5 and 6 will begin in the spring with completion expected by the end of 2017. With most of the neighborhood sections finished, the project has shifted to more congested business districts. The City of Monterey thanks the community for their continued patience and understanding during this important infrastructure improvement project. The work schedule is subject to change.

What a Relief Sewer Rehab Status Map "What a Relief"Project Status Map, Jan. 2017

Sanitary Sewer System Rehabilitation Program


The City of Monterey is repairing and replacing its aging sewer system. The project will fix 441 sewer pipes and 516 sewer manholes located in streets and easements throughout the City. This is the second phase of a project that began in 2014. A rehabilitated sewer system will prevent sewer leaks and spills that could harm our quality of life, local economy and the pristine waters of the Monterey Bay.

Repairs are expected to begin in early 2016 and may continue for 18 months. Sewer pipes and manholes most in need of rehabilitation due to cracks, breaks, or root intrusion will be fixed first. Repairs may involve trenching, pipe bursting, or pipe lining.

Monterey’s engineering staff will be meeting with neighborhood groups and business associations in November and December to outline the project and its impact on local areas.

Funding for the $16 million sewer rehabilitation program comes from a low-interest state loan. The City has already completed a rehabilitation project on the city’s five sewer lift stations.

Citywide reconstruction of 500 manholes - expect work in your area - SEE MAP

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Week beginning March 27, 2017:

Please note: Weather may cause possible delays or changes to the schedule.
Active Engineering Projects Schedule

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  1. Wharf II Pile Replacement & Repair - (CIP)
  2. Citywide Sidewalk Repair - (Measure P, Phase 3)
  3. Wharf 1 (Fisherman's Wharf) Sewer Line Repair (minimal impact, at night, under wharf) - (CIP)
  4. Veteran's Park Bocce Ball Court - (NIP)
  5. Ferrante Park Picnic Area Accessibility Improvements and Fence Repair - (NIP)
  6. Alvarado Street Light Replacement - 26 street lights between Bonifacio and Del Monte

CalTrans may be performing other work locally. Look up CalTrans construction.

Click on the outlined sections of the map to see a close-up of that section, or see the PDFs below.