Construction and Survey Division

The Construction Management Section is responsible for the construction of most public improvement projects within the City of Ventura. Our goal is to produce high quality projects, on schedule and within budget. To do this, we must administer our construction contracts with efficient and effective procedures. While doing this, we must also maintain cooperative working relationships with the public, City Council, the administration, other City divisions, consulting engineers, utility company representatives, contractors, developers, suppliers and federal, state and municipal agencies.

The Construction Management Sections works on a wide range of services for the City of Ventura. These services are placed into three distinct areas as follows:

  • The first is to provide construction administration and inspection services for the City-funded capital improvement program (CIP) projects. This would include all street improvements, waterline replacements, sewer replacements, sidewalk and handicap ramp construction, bridge improvements, bike path improvements, and improvements made to City facilities.
  • The second service is the coordination of most activities conducted in the public right-of-way including residential and commercial improvements along with the installation and inspection of all utility company infrastructures to include phone, gas, electrical, and cable.
  • The third service is to manage all of the public improvements associated with land development improvements to include housing tracts, commercial buildings, apartments, office buildings, medical facilities, and parks. With this scope, the Construction Division oversees the grading of all private and public developments to ensure design elevations, grades, slopes, and compaction testing meets the design intent.

Ventura Public Works received the prestigious American Public Works Association (APWA) Accreditation Award in July, 2014. This award is a the “seal of approval” from APWA for implementing nationally recognized best practices, state-of-the-art operations, and most efficient use of public resources.  

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Construction Status

Ventura Avenue Resurfacing Project

Please note that Chapter 22.250 of the City of Ventura's municipal code, the City can require a sewer lateral TV inspection upon transfer of property title and based on the findings of the TV inspection, can require the Owner to repair and replace and sewer lateral deficiencies.  If you as an owner are considering selling a property located on a street designated to be paved, it is recommended that you do so before the paving project occurs.

Ventura Avenue SCE Powerline Project

The following are the dates and locations of work being done by Southern California Edison:

  • Wednesday May 11: Center Street
  • Thursday May 12: Center Street and Olive Street
  • Friday May 13: Center Street
  • Monday May 16: Ventura Avenue and Cedar Street
  • Tuesday May 17: Center Street
  • Wednesday May 18: East park Row and on Cedar Street

This is just for the pole replacement and cross arm work.  Crews will return to install the cables during the month of May.

SCE Project FlyerClick on flyer to enlarge SCE Project Map




Sewer Line Replacement - Main and Brent Street Area

Main and Brent Street area - Sewerline Replacement Project

The City of Ventura will begin the Main and Brent Street Area Sewer line Replacement project starting in the middle of April 2016 and it is anticipated to be completed in the end of  Fall 2016. This project includes the replacement of undersized existing sewer pipelines in the Brent Street area and along Main Street from the 5-Points intersection to Lemon Grove Avenue, as well as in Channel Drive at the south end of Lemon Grove, along the streets shown on the map. The work will take place between the hours of 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday through Friday.  This project will improve the reliability and capacity of our sewer system to meet the needs of our residents and business community in the future.

The contractor for these improvements is Toro Enterprises, Inc.  No Parking signs will be posted on affected streets during construction; the contractor will also place notices with additional information on resident doors a few days prior to the beginning of work. 

While there may be some inconveniences to you during this period, we will strive to minimize them.  Please call the numbers listed below if you have any questions or concerns.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, during these important improvements.


Whom to Contact Regarding This Project?

Toro Construction:  Alex Marquez (805) 432-0065 – for urgent/after hour issues OR General number (805) 483-4515

City of Ventura:  Loree Pryce, PE - Project Manager:  (805) 658-4704
Larry Jenkins -  Senior Construction Inspector:  (805) 701-3630


Golf Course Well #7 Enclosure

The proposed Golf Course Well 7 will pump from the Oxnard Plain Groundwater Basin, which is managed by the Fox Canyon Groundwater Management Agency (FCGMA). FCGMA has approved construction of Well 7 as a replacement well for existing Golf Course Well 3, which is not an active well and was destroyed as part of the drilling project. The existing Golf Course Wells 5 and 6 have been operating continuously, and as a result, continue to decrease in water production. The new Well 7 will provide needed backup and redundancy to the existing two wells and serve as a replacement well.

Construction of Golf Course Well 7 will occur in two phases. The first phase consists of drilling and constructing the new well, which is completed. The second phase (current project) consists of site improvements, installing the pump, motor, related equipment and making the new well operational. 

Estimated Start Date- April 2016

Estimated Completion Date- August 2016

Construction Engineer- Ernie Ferrer (805) 677-3905

Contractor- Taft Electric

Tank Replacement Hall Canyon

The original scope of this project included the seismic upgrade of the two existing 235,000 gallon tanks at Hall Canyon. As part of the design process, a preliminary design report was prepared that examined options, including replacing the tanks. Since the tanks are over 60-years-old, it was determined the best option was to replace the tanks rather than retrofit them. Replacing the tanks versus retrofitting was estimated to increase the construction cost by only 7%, but would result in substantially increasing the useful life by an estimated fifty years. In addition to the new tanks, the scope of work includes: ladders, railings, corrosion protection, internal water recirculation system and asphalt paving at the tanks' site.

Start Date: March 2016

Estimated Completion date:  December 2016

Construction Engineer: Neal Knopik 805-677-3953

Ondulando Waterline Phase II

The original Ondulando Tract waterlines were installed in the early 196o's and are scheduled for replacement. The project has been divided into 4 phases to help reduce the Construction impacts on the neighborhood. Phase I is under construction and anticipated to be completed by March 2016. Phase II of the project consists of replacing approximately 8,200 feet of 8-inch and 2,150 feet of 10-inch pipeline in the south and westerly portions of the Ondulando neighborhood. The scope of work also includes the installation of new fire hydrants, valves and water service connections to the residences.

Estimated start date: March 2016

Construction Engineer:  Neal Knopik 805-677-3953

Contractor:  Toro Enterprises 

Marina Park Restroom

The existing Marina Park Restroom is 39 years old, has excessive maintenance problems and is not fully American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. This project includes the construction of a new 500 square-foot concrete masonry block (CMU) building at Marina Park to house men's and women's restrooms. The new restroom building will be located immediately adjacent to the existing restroom· building. The existing restrooms .will be closed to the public but not demolished as they are part of a building that includes storage and may be open for public use on high volume days. The women's restroom will have 3 stalls including one ADA stall and a sink. The men's restroom will have two urinals, one ADA stall and a sink. The new restrooms will be in complete compliance with the current ADA requirements. 


Start Date: March 2016

Estimated Completion Date: June 2016

Construction Engineer: Ernie Ferrer 805-677-3905

Contractor: Tomar Construction, Inc.



California Street Bridge, Pedestrian Enhancement Project

California Street Bridge, rendering

The California Street Bridge Enhancement project will improve the pedestrian experience by replacing the existing low-height pedestrian railing along the bridge with a six-foot high 250-foot long decorative railing, add eight decorative pedestrian lighting fixtures, and resurface the sidewalk area to add and improve the safety and aesthetics of walking across the California Bridge over Highway 101

Start date February 2016

Construction dates are February – August 2016; 7am – 5pm. Access may be restricted during construction work; detours will help guide pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists safely around the project area. This project will require occasional northbound and/or southbound Hwy 101 night closures at the California Street Bridge; detours will route motorists around the construction.

Freeway Closure Detour Maps

March 9-10, 2016 - Detour Plan for Southbound 101 Freeway Closure 10 pm - 6 am

March 9-10, 2016 - Detour Plan for Northbound 101 freeway closure 10 pm - 6 am

City of Ventura Construction Manager: Loree Pryce 805-658-4704
City of Ventura Construction Engineer / Project Manager: Ernie Ferrer 805-654-3905
Contractor - Union Engineering Company / Mike Roberts, Project Superintendent:   805-644-3373

Wastewater Plant Dewatering Equipment Replacement

The City's Wastewater Plant utilizes a mechanical and chemical system for separating water from sludge as part of the treatment process. The dewatering system currently uses mechanical pressing machines to compress out the moisture in the sludge, so the sludge can be properly disposed by trucking to the Toland Road Landfill where the material is dried and used for daily cover. The presses were installed in 1985, and are now obsolete, requiring extensive labor to operate and maintain. On average, approximately 60,000 gallons of sludge is dewatered each day. This is enough sludge to fill 3 swimming pools.

The design for the overall project to replace the dewatering equipment has been completed and was advertised for bids on June 8, 2015. This advertisement for bids included the purchase and installation of the permanent replacement equipment and modifications to the existing solids handling building, piping and electrical work. The advertisement for bids also included "add alternate" items (work and prices that may or may not be included at the City's discretion) for the installation and operation of temporary dewatering equipment, which needs to be in place for the duration of the replacement work in order to continue the processing of sludge until the permanent equipment is installed and running. This temporary dewatering equipment will need to be in place for at least 400 calendar days.

Construction Engineer: Loree Pryce 805-658-4704
Contractor: Cushman Contracting Corporation