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Nipomo Community Services District Awarded 2016 APWA Central Coast Project of the Year for Supplemental Water Project

The APWA Central Coast Chapter awarded the Nipomo Community Services District’s Supplemental Water Project the 2016 Public Works Project of the Year in the Environment Category and Over $15M Division! [ read more… ]

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MNS Wins APWA Ventura 2016 Project of the Year Award

VENTURA, CA—Congratulations to MNS Engineers, Inc. (MNS) for winning the 2016 Project of the Year Award in the Transportation Category with the APWA Ventura County Chapter for the US 101 HOV Widening Project!

This $66M project includes six miles of new high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes for both north and southbound traffic, a new pedestrian undercrossing with direct beach access at La Conchita, four miles of a Class I bicycle path adjacent to the ocean from Rincon to Mussel Shoals, widening of the Bates Road Bridge, new sound walls at Mussel Shoals, highway landscaping at Bates Road and Mussel Shoals, restoration of the Punta Gorda pedestrian undercrossing, and construction of public access parking lot at Punta Gorda. [ read more… ]

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MNS Awarded City of Morro Bay Water Reclamation Facility PM Services Contract with MK Nunley

MNS’ Water Resources and Construction Management groups are excited to be on the team recently selected for Program Management for the City of Morro Bay. MNS is serving as subconsultant to Michael K Nunley & Associates, who will lead Program Management for the City’s Public Works Department to develop a new Water Reclamation Facility. MNS will support the development of the Recycled Water Program and will provide Construction Management services.

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MNS CM Transportation Department Wins the Caltrans District 5 (Structures) On-Call Contract

MNS Engineers was awarded the on-call structures construction inspection services contract for Caltrans District 5 (Structures) for a four year term. Caltrans District 5 stretches through the Counties of Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz.

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MNS Transportation Wins the Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Project Over Mission Creek!

Congratulations to the MNS team for their win on the Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project! The project is located right down the street from our Santa Barbara office next to Stearn’s Wharf.

 

History of Cabrillo Boulevard Bridge

This historic bridge was originally built in 1913, but additional reconstruction was performed in 1927 and 1977. This bridge was built on one of the busiest roads in Santa Barbara because it is right next to the iconic Stearn’s Wharf pier which brings in a lot of tourism into Santa Barbara.

One of the City’s objectives is to preserve the architectural integrity of the aesthetic features reflecting these periods of history that have long contributed to the atmosphere of the waterfront community in the region. Therefore, both the structural and architectural features of the replacement project have been carefully planned to include features that are consistent with the historic nature of this highly used public facility.

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MNS CM Transportation Department Wins US 101/Los Osos Valley Road Interchange Improvements Project!

Congratulations to the MNS team for their win on the Los Osos Valley Road Interchange Improvement!  The US 101/Los Osos Valley Road (LOVR) Interchange Improvements Project represents a vital improvement for traffic capacity and circulation in southern San Luis Obispo.

The current three-lane Los Osos Valley Road interchange was built in 1962. As the City and population has grown, the interchange is in need of structural repair and widening to improve travel conditions and accessibility to a variety of transportation types. The purpose of the US 101/LOVR Interchange Improvements project is to maximize the efficiency of LOVR and the US 101/LOVR Interchange in order to improve functionality and accommodate the growing amount of traffic. LOVR serves as the only primary east/west corridor between South Higuera Street and the community of Los Osos.

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Pitkins Curve: Transportation Construction Management

MNS Transportation Division, Construction Management Team: Spotlight Project

Hazardous Rock-slides on One of California’s Landmark Motorways

The Pitkins Curve and Rain Rocks Shed project, located between Monterey and Cambria on California State Route 1 (Highway 1) was a major undertaking aimed at making a dangerous section of the scenic state highway safer for motorists.

The Pitkins Curve area of Highway 1 is part of an active landslide­; rock slides are a fact of life here, rather than an unusual occurrence. Its geological composition is particularly unstable. Rock slides repeatedly closed the original road and presented a significant danger to motorists.

Foreseeing that Pitkins Curve would continue to be a major safety issue and an access impediment for the millions of tourists traveling through the area each year, not to mention a major maintenance and cost issue, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) developed an innovative solution to the problem. [ read more… ]

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Rocky Creek Viaduct: Safer Transportation Infrastructure

In April of 2011, a landslide damaged a 200-foot portion of California State Route 1—a historic part of our state’s transportation infrastructure—along the steep cliffs between Bixby Bridge and Rocky Creek Bridge, south of Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The hillside was stabilized right away using a soil nail wall, but the highway had to be reduced to one lane with signal-controlled traffic through the area. The Rocky Creek Viaduct, a 600-foot bridge structure, is being constructed to completely replace the roadway adjacent to the repaired slope. Creating a bridge here means future landslides won’t affect the Viaduct area—any slide material will pass between the bridge and the hillside, keeping motorists safe and preventing further expensive damage to this stretch of road. [ read more… ]

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Greenfield Shrinkwrap

Did you know it was possible to shrinkwrap an entire building? It can help contain toxic substances like lead paint, keeping the surrounding community safe while a structure is restored. We’re rehabilitating the water tower in Greenfield, CA right now; you can see it here, surrounded by completely shrinkwrapped scaffolding. Our project manager, Doug Pike, tells us, “The old Greenfield water tower, built in 1910, is a landmark and part of this small town’s identity. Because the old coatings contained some lead-based paint, the paint prep work was performed ‘under wraps’ to prevent the chips and debris from drifting off City property.” For more photos, see our Facebook photo album.

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San Jose Creek Update

Work at the San Jose Creek will stop October 31, 2012, and resume in May of 2013, as environmental permits are in place to protect the creek’s ecosystem. For more information, check the San Jose Creek Project website, maintained by the City of Goleta; you might catch sight of MNS construction management staff in the videos.