US Army Corps of Engineers
San Francisco District

Cliff Drive at Capitola, Sec. 103

CLIFF DRIVE AT CAPITOLA
CONTINUING AUTHORITY, SECTION 103

PROJECT LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION: The project is located in the City of Capitola, Santa Cruz County, California, along Cliff Drive, east of 49th Street. The drive borders a coastal cliff that is exposed to wave attack year round. During the winter months, wave action strips the summer beach almost completely of sand, leaving the bedrock exposed. The resulting shoreline erosion along a 375-foot section of the coastal cliffs threatens Cliff Drive. The City of Capitola, Office of Public Works, is the local sponsor for this project.




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TOTAL FUNDING:
TOTAL COST:
$4,655,000
FEDERAL COST:
$3,000,000
NON-FEDERAL COST:
$1,655,000
TOTAL FEDERAL COST THROUGH FY 2009:
$100,700
ARRA FUNDS
$0
FY 2010 BUDGET:
$0
COST TO COMPLETE:
$2,899,300
AMOUNT THAT COULD BE USED IN FY 2010
$0


FY 09 AND 10 ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
This project has been on hold since FY2006 when a moratorium was placed on signing new agreements. If the moratorium on signing agreements is lifted in FY09, we will update the Project Management Plan and draft Feasibility Cost Sharing Agreement and negotiate execution

ISSUES AND OTHER INFORMATION: A Reconnaissance Report for the Santa Cruz Harbor and Vicinity Shoaling Study was completed in January 1994. Although originally initiated as a Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) Section 14 project in 1998, upon re-evaluation it appeared to be more appropriate as a CAP Section 103 project. In a letter dated October 22, 1999, the City of Capitola requested assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The City has stabilized the street, but the cliff itself is still exposed to wave action. Without further shoreline protection the street will eventually fail due to undercutting of the cliff by this action. CAP funding shortages have lead to further delays, making it more likely the street will fail before the project can be completed.

CONGRESSIONAL INTEREST: 17th District, Rep. Sam Farr

POINT OF CONTACT: Deputy District Engineer for Civil Works, Arijs Rakstins, (415) 503-6720

UPDATED: 19 February 2009

Contact

General Questions
415-503-6708
450 Golden Gate
San Francisco, CA 94102