The Haigh Road Storm Drain Channel Replacement Project was completed in October 2018 and featured the replacement of an existing open channel that had severely leaning walls with a closed storm drain channel. The original structure was constructed in the 1960’s and consisted of and existing 1200-foot long 4x4 open CMU channel. The channel was located adjacent to 15 single family homes and the CMU channel walls also acted as a retaining wall for the residents. Throughout the years, some locations of the wall began to tip due to the growth of trees, ground pressure, and other backyard improvements from the adjacent properties. The final project design featured the removal of most of the existing walls of the channel and installation of a new 5-foot x 4-foot reinforced concrete box (RCB) on top of the existing concrete channel invert. In addition, the existing buried storm drain connection crossing Haigh Road was demolished and replaced with a 60-inch reinforced concrete pipe. The new RCB and RCP systems both served to increase the flow capacity for the storm drain system and helped to permanently reinforce the existing wall that is adjacent to residential properties.
Farnoush (Far) Levers is an Associate Engineer with the City of Livermore and previously worked for the City of Thousand Oaks. During her time as an Associate Engineer at the City of Thousand Oaks she oversaw multiple traffic control, streetscape, solar and utility upgrade projects including a recent 2020 APWA Award Winning Project of the year for the Haigh Rd Drainage Channel Replacement Project. Prior to moving to the public sector, she worked as a Project Manager for WM Lyles, a General Contractor for 12 years building water & wastewater treatment plants throughout Southern California. During her time with WM Lyles, she worked on projects that ranged from $300,000 to $126 million and gained experience in earthwork, shoring, concrete, mechanical piping, electrical systems as well as equipment installation and startup. Currently, she is working for the City of Livermore managing Capital Improvement Projects, the City’s encroachment permit program and working on Development Projects. She has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from UC Davis, is a registered PE, QSP and is a Certified Construction Manager.