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The Old County Road Utility Undergrounding District Project

Over the past several years, City staff has worked with the community and City Council to develop the Old County Road Utility Underground project, with the goal of creating an aesthetic and safe corridor in this part of downtown by undergrounding of existing overhead utilities.

The construction of the project is scheduled to begin September 1st and continue through June 2018.

There are four main phases of construction:

  • Trenching involves digging a trench within the travel lanes through the extent of the project limits and in each individual property to place conduits that will eventually house the new underground lines. Panel conversion requires the program contractor to prepare each electric meter panel to accept the new underground service.
  • Cabling and placement of equipment involves running utility lines through the newly placed underground conduits. Once cabling is complete, the new underground system will be energized for use.
  • Cutover involves taking residents off the old overhead system and converting them to the new underground system.
  • Removal involves taking down the overhead lines and utility poles. This portion of work happens at the end of construction.

The project includes under-grounding of overhead utilities within the limits of both the City of Belmont and County of San Mateo.  The estimated construction cost withing the City's limit is approximately $2.6 million.  To date, the credit allocated to the City is $3.6 million.

Project Limits:  Along Old County Road from Masonic Way to Harbor Boulevard; along Masonic Way from Ralston Avenue to Granada Street. 
Funding Sources:  Rule 20A Funds, City Funds
Funding Amount:  Rule 20A Under-grounding Project within City limit is $2.6 million; City funded Street Lighting
Project is $300.000.
Construction Date:  September 01, 2017 through June 2018.