12kV Backbone Project
The 12kV backbone project will bring electrical infrastructure from the UCSB main campus, through Santa Ynez Apartments out to Storke Rd, and terminate near West Campus Family Student Housing. This will result in energy cost savings for the University and allow for more control from future increases.
This work will require trenching along the route as well as the installation of manholes and duct banks. There will also be some boring under Los Carneros Rd. Several crews are working at the same time to expedite this project and minimize the impact. The crews are authorized to work between the hours of 7am and 4pm.
This project began in early May. It started with site surveys and exploratory potholing to identify existing utilities.
From June 5 to June 12, crews will be trenching, installing conduits, and pouring concrete along the 12kV backbone route. Excavation will be taking place beginning at the bike path south of Santa Ynez. The excavation will go down El Colegio Rd and terminate near West Campus Family Student Housing. Excavation near the south east corner of Family Student Housing is scheduled to begin on June 10. Along this route, 4 manholes will be installed. The manholes will be placed in the following locations: on the bike path along El Colegio Rd (South of the Santa Ynez 100s), on the bike path along El Colegio Rd (at Camino Corto), in the south west corner of Santa Catalina, and in the south east corner of West Campus Family Student Housing.
During this process, you can expect moderate noise in the areas along the 12kV backbone route.