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Update on the Point Richmond sinkhole and damaged wig-wag

This view of the downed wig-wag signal was taken by El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce member and train fanatic John Stashik.

This view of the downed wig-wag signal was taken by El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce member and train fanatic John Stashik.


Here is an update in the current City Manager’s report on the July 16 water main break that created a sinkhole that toppled one of the district’s historic train signals.

The wig-wag signal was taken by BNSF and is being stored in their yard pending completion of the road repair.
The City will file a claim with EBMUD and coordinate the reinstallation of the wig-wag and repair of its damaged concrete structure. EBMUD’s risk management office will determine how to proceed in selecting a contractor to restore damaged property by either acting as the prime contractor or entering into a contract agreement with BNSF for the reconstruction of damaged property. EBMUD will also be recommending how to proceed and notify the City on their approach in restoring the damaged structures.

As for the cost of repairing the road and reinstalling the signal,

The City will file a claim with EBMUD and coordinate the reinstallation of the wig-wag and repair of its damaged concrete structure. EBMUD’s risk management office will determine how to proceed in selecting a contractor to restore damaged property by either acting as the prime contractor or entering into a contract agreement with BNSF for the reconstruction of damaged property. EBMUD will also be recommending how to proceed and notify the City on their approach in restoring the damaged structures.

Chris Treadway