A joke making the rounds around Moraga these days has town leaders seeking a new motto for the town seal at a town meeting, the motto drawn from some frequently seen local landmark. A hand at the back of the room raises and the resident is recognized, the resident offering: “Road Work Ahead?”
Call it gallows humor but Moragans are feeling the pain since The Great Depression swallowed the strategic crossroads at Rheem Boulevard and Center Street, triggering a chain reaction expected to cost at least $3.5 million to fix.
Right now, Moragans are skirting the caution tape and chain link fencing around The Pit, finding new routes to reach old destinations now closed to them. A spaghetti-tangle of electrical natural gas patches is keeping the adjacent businesses at Rheem Center alight and cooking – with responsible agencies and civic leaders saying they are looking for more permanent solutions before the high heat of summer causes energy consumption to spike.
In an update issued by the Town Thursday, town engineers advised that two test pits will be dug to “determine the exact alignment of the damaged 96-inch storm drain corrugated metal pipe that is buried approximately 23 feet deep in the ground.”
Town staff are expected to present the results of the forensics study and a repair recommendation to town council members on April 27.
The California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is also reported sending a representative to look at the – hole – and determine what financial support the state can give to effect its repair.