Freedom boulevard work
Workers get started on a major underground sewer project on the 2100 block of Freedom Boulevard near Compton Terrace. — Tarmo Hannula/The Pajaronian

WATSONVILLE—Work is slated to wrap up this week on an underground sewer line on Freedom Boulevard on the north side of the city.

The project, which got underway last week near the intersection of Buena Vista Drive and Compton Terrace at Freedom Boulevard, calls for the replacement of 1,000 feet of 4-inch clay sewer pipe with 8-inch PVC pipe.

Danielle Green, interim assistant director of Watsonville Public Works, said the job is part of a greater Green Valley-Freedom Boulevard sewer and water project that currently includes work at Alta Vista Avenue and Freedom Boulevard. That segment also includes enhancing underground water lines.

“The overall project amounts to upgrading 3,000 feet of sewer pipes and 2,600 feet of water pipes,” Greene said. “Once it’s done, we’re going to repave Freedom Boulevard between Alta Vista and Green Valley Road.” 

That work is expected to run through the end of the year. 

The plans for the Freedom Boulevard repaving project also call for a new traffic signal at the intersection of Sydney Avenue at Freedom Boulevard and the creation of a new Santa Cruz METRO bus pullout at Atkinson Lane where two major low-income housing projects are underway.

“Once that wraps up, next in line is a repaving project of Green Valley Road from Freedom Boulevard north to Corralitos Creek near Thicket Lane,” Green said. “We understand this is a lot of construction and traffic interruption; we appreciate people’s patience.  But when it’s done, it will be really nice.”

Green added that the city has a website that includes the project layout,

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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