Public Works Department Projects
Flood Hazard Reduction Project
The City's ongoing Flood Hazard Reduction Program consists of several components and includes the current Flood Hazard Reduction Project. This project is funded by a $5,000,000 grant from the California Department of Water Resources and includes the newly updated Yreka Creek Greenway Master Plan. The Master Plan Update provides guidance for development of a comprehensive greenway system in the City of Yreka to reduce flood hazards, improve water quality, restore fish and wildlife habitat, and create a network of streamside trails with related recreational facilities.
The next phase of the Flood Hazard Reduction Project will take place at the Klamath National Forest Service Center and will include lowering and widening the current floodplain, moving and replacing several Service Center buildings, constructing a new fire cache building, and replacing a vehicular bridge across Yreka Creek to the east of the Service Center.
Oregon Street Overlay
The Oregon Street Overlay was 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 June of 2017.
Safe Routes to School
The Safe Routes to School Project, completed in May of 2012, was 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 are shown on the following map. The Safe Routes to School Program, administered by Caltrans, contributed $396,000 to the project, 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 was 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 was funded by a US Department of Agriculture, Rural Development grant and low interest loan. The City also contributed $1,126,000. The contractor was T&S Construction from Sacramento and PACE Engineering from Redding supervised the construction.
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.
Waste Water Treatment Plant and Wastewater System Improvements
Completed in 2016, the City of Yreka completed a major upgrade to the City’s wastewater system. The $5,000,000 project was financed by a USDA Rural Development low interest loan. This project was designed to correct existing deficiencies and improve the efficiency of the Wastewater Treatment Plant, reduce excessive inflow and infiltration in the wastewater collection system, and assure that the Plant and Collection systems continue to meet State and Federal standards.