Construction started onsite this week on the project to add a solar panel structure and reorient the Amador Valley High School student parking lot facing Santa Rita Road.
Crews were spotted breaking up and hauling away concrete on Wednesday and the marquee sign normally near the lot entrance had been removed, giving neighbors the first signs of visible progress on the project since school ended at the end of May.
“The fact that the fencing went up as soon as school got out may have contributed to an expectation that other work would begin imminently,” Pleasanton Unified School District Superintendent David Haglund told the Weekly via email this week.
“We are still on track to have 90% of the Santa Rita lot (done) by mid-October, if not sooner," PUSD spokesman Patrick Gannon said. "We have heard some comments around the lack of visual progress, however it’s important for the community to know that our staff are working tirelessly and the project is currently on schedule.”
Only 50 parking spaces will be available in the Santa Rita lot (which typically features more than 400 stalls) when classes start Aug. 12, but there will be 315 regular parking spots in the Del Valle parking lot, roughly 121 temporary parking spaces located on the blacktop behind the large gym and another 32 spots for use at Valley Community Church until work is scheduled to finish in mid-October.
“We will soon distribute a shuttle plan to the families of Amador Valley High School,” Haglund said. “This will include student pick-ups away from campus and provide transportation to and from those locations before and after school.”
PUSD is also considering hiring Bay Area Traffic Solutions (BATS) for traffic mitigation around Amador during drop-off and pick-up times while construction takes place in the parking lot, which will also be reoriented.
District staff recently worked out an agreement as well with the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority for additional Wheels 605 and 611 bus routes, which will honor student IDs. A list of seven designated pick-up and drop-off spots was also updated recently when the loading location at Gatetree Circle was removed after neighbors complained. Only students walking or biking from homes in that area will use the Gatetree passageway.
Haglund said, “While there will be very limited and targeted student parking options available at the site, we are encouraging all students to walk, ride a bike, or use public transportation."
The $650,000 project will be paid by a Proposition 39 state-funded grant.