Making Progress on Miner Road Sinkhole

Project nears completion, thanks to collaboration between City of Orinda, various agencies and residents

Friday, June 30, 2017

Today I participated in a ceremony marking the imminent reopening of Orinda's Miner Road which has been closed since the floods in January created a massive sinkhole.  The closure of this key transportation artery was a huge inconvenience to thousands of residents and created significant emergency response delays. The project's size and complexity required a lot of hard work and dedication from many people and agencies.  Larry Theis, Orinda Public Works Director, noted the project construction took about 70 days and has the potential to have 75-90% of the $2.8 million cost subsidized by state and federal sources due to its emergency nature. Many thanks to the Orinda City Council, Assemblywoman Catherine Baker, Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, our state and local transportation leaders, including CalTrans Director Malcom Dougherty, Ben Rodriquez, owner of Bay Cities Paving, and Orinda city managers, Steve Solomon and Janet Keeter.  Most importantly, thank you to Orinda citizens, whose patience was strained as we worked to get this project funded and completed. Our work is not yet done as there are other areas of Contra Costa and Alameda counties where we are still working to get roadways fixed.  Our Orinda experience was a reminder of how important collaboration is, especially for these emergency repairs.