Caltrans Uses Ingenuity and Creative Thinking to Solve Infrastructure Challenges

San Francisco  - In this latest Caltrans News Flash, you’ll see how the Caltrans engineers and contractors replaced a badly outdated and obsolete drain pipe in the environmentally-sensitive Crissy Field section of San Francisco. The outdated pipe caused chronic flooding in the area.  With the expansion of nearby Highway 1, the need for a new, larger pipe became urgent.

Using creative thinking and ingenuity, the team replaced the pipe with no environmental damage. The project finished on time and within budget. The floods are now a thing of the past. People now pass the site every day unaware that any construction work ever took place.

The project recently won the prestigious Flood Management Project of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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