Archived News Release from 2003
For Immediate Release
Excavation and Other Work to Begin on Downtown
Underground Public Parking Garage; New Webcam Provides Online
View of Work
Redwood City, CA - December 16, 2003
Excavation and other construction work for the downtown underground
two-level public parking garage is scheduled to begin on Wednesday,
December 17, a construction milestone event in what will ultimately
become the new the retail-cinema project. The Redwood City
Redevelopment Agency, jointly with developer BHV Innisfree
Ventures I, LLC, are planning a major retail-cinema complex
above the parking garage that will greatly contribute to the
renaissance of downtown Redwood City.
The excavation starting tomorrow consists of digging approximately
30 feet deep and removing an estimated 90,000 cubic yards
of earth – enough dirt to cover the football field at
Sequoia High School to a depth of 45 feet! The “dewatering”
process involves installing 32 wells around the site and pumping
down the ground water to allow for excavation. The site must
also be “shored,” a procedure entailing driving
steel beams approximately 45 feet deep spaced every eight
feet, and installing wood between the steel beams.
This work is expected to last until the beginning of March
depending on weather, and the excavation will consist of hauling
out at least 120 truckloads of dirt per day. The dirt will
be hauled to the end of Seaport Boulevard where it will be
used to help firm and settle existing soil at the site of
a proposed marina development.
The City will have inspectors on site to help minimize traffic
disruption and assure a smooth flow of trucks. The contractors
on the project are required to take all reasonable measures
to minimize dirt on the roadways, including watering and sweeping.
It’s expected that the trucks will travel from the site
up Middlefield Road, then east on Woodside Road to Seaport
Boulevard. Pedestrians, bicyclist and motorists are urged
to use caution around the construction site during this activity.
Anyone with Internet access can view the ongoing work via
the City’s new construction project webcam, by visiting
This webcam will remain active for the duration of the entire
project, from the garage excavation through completion of
the retail-cinema project. Information about the City and
its services, the community, recreation programs, education,
and City government is also available at www.redwoodcity.org.
Contact: Brian Lee
Senior Civil Engineer