The undergrounding of overhead utilities is an essential part of street modernization and development. In 2009, this project began as a joint trench initiative in Pleasanton, aimed at improving the community’s infrastructure. In 2015, we partnered with a local traffic firm to undertake the power pole undergrounding along the roadway corridor. The City recognized our expertise in this field and tasked us with replacing old overhead poles with conduits and upgrading Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Comcast Cable TV, AT&T Telecom services for all properties on Stanley Blvd between Santa Rita Road and First Street.
At the heart of this project was coordination with property owners. Our team installed new meters, laid the main trench line, and transitioned service panels while reconnecting existing services. We had to match the exhibits, proposed trench path for each house, meter locations, and city improvements in a timely manner. Managing school traffic from Stanley Blvd. and railroad crossings was one of our biggest challenges, but we worked tirelessly to minimize disruption.
As we worked on the street, we had to maintain the boxes on the sidewalk, ensure clearance, undergrounding, and landscaping. Our team of experts ensured that we efficiently completed the project, resulting in positive feedback from the community and the city.
Overall, our team’s dedication and expertise in the undergrounding of street utilities ensured the success of the project. We are proud to have played a part in modernizing the infrastructure of Pleasanton, and we look forward to contributing to more projects in the future.
The joint trench project we completed for the City of San Francisco was a complex and intricate undertaking that involved a range of tasks. Our goal was to underground utilities in anticipation of the construction of a new city hall and police station. As leaders in trenching and undergrounding, the city hired us to coordinate with all utility companies involved in the project.
Before the new City Hall and Police station construction could begin, all overhead poles along Antoinette Lane needed to be removed. This required coordination with several utility companies, private property owners, and even the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to ensure the project’s smooth execution. Although the project only covered one city block, we prioritized Phase I, as it was a necessary step in triggering the construction of the police headquarters and city hall.
We conducted extensive coordination and detailed project breakdowns of joint trench participants, including determining the number of primary and secondary services, as well as AT&T and Comcast conduit in each trench. This helped us to determine trenching costs and the cost sharing for each utility company. As part of a Rule 20A project, we worked closely with the utility companies to ensure the city reimbursed them.
BART’s involvement added an extra layer of complexity, as we had to determine where the lines were and reconnect the parcel without disruption. Throughout the project, we also had to remain flexible and coordinate with other developers in the area, including Summerhill Homes, which was working on a project on the south side. Coordination included locating boxes, undergrounding, and ensuring our work did not affect their project.
The successful completion of this project is a testament to our expertise in joint trenching and our ability to coordinate with multiple stakeholders to ensure the project is completed on time and within budget. Because of the success of this project, the city hired us for another trenching project which is currently underway. Our team’s expertise and experience in this field have made us a trusted partner for such projects.
This project was initiated in response to community concerns about the potential risks posed by overhead power lines, including the risk of wildfires and the potential for blocked evacuation routes during rescue operations. Working closely with the city, Bellecci conducted a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) exercise to identify which roads would be used during an evacuation, classifying them into residential, collector, arterial, or downtown commercial. We also took into consideration the cost of bringing the overhead wires down and identified which utilities could be undergrounded, including electrical, telecom, and all other overhead utilities.
As a company with extensive experience in joint trenches, duct banks, and other similar projects, we were well-equipped to take on this project. We understood the Rule 20 Process and worked on cost formulas, taking into consideration the cost sharing with the utility companies. We provided cost estimates and determined how much it would require to underground all overhead power lines, with unit prices varying depending on the road category.
To make the project cost-effective, we collaborated with a financial consultant to come up with an assessment method to measure predicted bond expenditures. This helped the city come up with funding sources and options for the project. To optimize cost savings for the city, we presented various models for implementing the public infrastructure project, which included options such as full-time crews, subcontractors, and public bidding. Through cost-saving studies, we presented our findings to the transportation committee, showcasing our experience on similar projects Bellecci has completed successfully.
Our tireless efforts on this project yielded significant benefits for the community, including a safer and more secure living environment. By undergrounding the overhead power lines, we have reduced the chances of power outages and reduced the risk of wildfires. On top of this, we ensured clear evacuation routes during rescue operations all while improving aesthetics to elevate the overall look and feel of the community.