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Public Works Department Projects

Current Projects

Safe Routes to School

The Safe Routes to School Project, completed in May of 2012, is designed to improve routes that students take to school by improving sidewalk conditions, installing electronic speed feedback signs, and improving crosswalk markings. The work and location of the work are shown on the following map. The Safe Routes to School Program administered by Caltrans contributed $396,000, and the City contributed $44,000. The contractor, R.B. Aldrich Construction, is from Ft. Jones.

View the Safe Routes to School Project Map (PDF)

Fall Creek Water System Improvement

The Fall Creek Water System Improvement Project is under construction and is over 50% complete. The project is designed to improve overall quality of the City's water in order to meet State and Federal water quality standards, as well as a number of other goals that improve overall quality and consistency of water service in Yreka. Included in this project is a new 2.5 million gallon clearwell tank, water treatment plant upgrades, a new filter pump station, expansion of the Fall Creek pump station and other improvements. The $11,185,000 project is being funded by a US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development grant and low interest loan. The City also contributed $1,126,000. The contractor is T&S Construction from Sacramento and PACE Engineering from Redding is supervising the construction. Construction is expected to be completed July 2012.


Greenhorn Creek Floodplain Restoration and Trails Project



This project is a culmination of more than 5 years of community planning and coordination. It was made possible by the cooperation and funding from a number of agencies, organizations and individuals including: Ducks Unlimited, Shasta Regional Community Foundation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Tom Hesseldenz & Associates, Friends of Greenhorn, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Siskiyou Arboretum. Construction was completed in February by Hayes and Sons, Inc. of Happy Camp.


The improvements to Greenhorn Park include widening the Creek channel to help the Park and the City better withstand a major flood event, planting native plants, trail improvements, repair of the vehicle bridge damaged in the flood of 2005/2006, and replacement of the pedestrian bridge at the mouth of the Creek in the upper portion of the Park. The project’s focus has been centered on improving the functionality of the floodplain and wildlife habitat, while enhancing safe, outdoor recreation opportunities for people to enjoy the Park’s natural areas.

Upcoming Projects

Waste Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater System Improvements

The City of Yreka is planning a major upgrade to the City’s wastewater system. The City is applying for a USDA Rural Development low interest loan to help finance the $5,000,000 project. This project is needed to correct existing deficiencies and improve the efficiency of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, reduce excessive inflow & infiltration in the wastewater collection system, and assure that the Plant & collection system continue to meet State and Federal standards.

Flood Hazard Reduction Program

The City of Yreka Department of Public Works has been recommended for a $5,000,000 grant, from the California Department of Water Resources, as part of its Flood Hazard Reduction Program. This grant will pay for comprehensive planning, environmental review, public outreach and construction of a wider flood plain along Yreka Creek in order to increase the City’s ability to withstand a major flood event. Once completed, work will look similar to the work North of Oberlin Road that was completed in 2008.


Oregon Street Overlay

The Oregon Street Overlay will be funded through California’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funds. The overlay on Oregon Street will be from Miner Street to Turre Street, and construction is projected to begin in the Fall of 2012.