Bay Point Utility Undergrounding Project

Project Information
Project No.: 0676-6P1017
Project Description: 

Over the past several years, County staff has worked with the community to develop the Bailey Road Bike and Pedestrian Plan, with the goal of creating an aesthetic, safe, and transit-oriented town center for Bay Point. An initial component of the Bailey Road Bike and Pedestrian Plan is the undergrounding of existing overhead utilities.

The Bay Point Utility Undergrounding Project (Underground Utility District No. 31, Willow Pass Road/Bailey Road, Bay Point area) is one of the first steps towards creating a more aesthetic downtown by relocating existing overhead electrical and communication lines to an underground trench. In 1967, the California Public Utilities Commission required new electric service connections to be placed underground and funded a program through utility tariffs to gradually replace existing overhead distribution lines with new underground service. The California Public Utilities Commission provides a program called “Rule-20A” that governs the funding of utility undergrounding for community core areas such as along arterials or in downtown areas. Under the County-administered Rule 20A program, the County can call on utility undergrounding credits and partner with the affected utilities to implement an undergrounding project. To utilize Rule 20A credits, an Underground Utility District must be formed.

Information regarding the formation of the Underground Utility 
District was provided at the Bay Point Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) meeting on April 2, 2013. The Underground Utility District was formed by a unanimous vote by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on September 10, 2013. The project has subsequently been put on the PG&E queue for preparation of the trench design.

Project Limits: Bailey Road from the State Route 4 westbound onramp north to Willow Pass Road, then along Willow Pass Road from Bailey Road to the Pittsburg City limits.
Supervisory District: #5
Thomas Brothers Map Reference: 573, G, H-2
Funding Sources: Rule 20A Funds, Navy Mitigation Funds
Funding Amount: Rule 20A, Approximately $628,000 (Navy Mitigation Funds)
Construction Date: Summer 2017 

Community Meetings
Bay Point MAC - April 2, 2013 and ongoing


Project Links
Letter to Property Owners
Letter to Property Owners (Spanish)
Utility Undergrounding Program brochure
Utility Undergrounding Program brochure (Spanish)
Permission to Enter Form (Example)
Bay Point - Bailey Road Undergrounding Map