01/31/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/31/2024 14:14
In mid-March 2023, the hillside west of Lopes Road became saturated from the winter rainstorms, causing a failure in Lopes Road that broke the City of Benicia's water supply line and other underground utilities. Since then, both cities have been working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and California Office of Emergency Services (Cal-OES) to receive financial support through public assistance grants. Additionally, both cities will work together to ensure that restoration is completed most efficiently and cost-effectively.
Pre-design work in soil investigations, local permitting, and identification of specific environmental and historic preservation requirements have begun before selecting a consultant to complete design efforts for the permanent restoration of Lopes Road. The work includes restoration of the hillside, road improvements, and underground utilities. On February 6, the City Council is scheduled to approve the selection and award of a design services contract to complete the work.
The City of Benicia and Fairfield continue to work with CalOES and FEMA to ensure that both cities remain eligible to receive reimbursement from the State and Federal agencies.
For more information on the City's status with FEMA/Cal-OES, as well as any progress updates pertaining to the project, please visit www.fairfield.ca.gov/lopes.