Foreman Raul Aguiarre and operator Luis Felix smooth fresh cement over newly laid irrigation pipes along Santa Cruz Avenue at Chestnut Street in downtown Menlo Park on June 28.
Mr. Aguiarre says the project will take approximately three months to complete.
The approximately 40-year-old irrigation system along Santa Cruz Avenue from University
Drive to El Camino Real needed replacing, city officials say, because tree roots had disrupted water flow, leaving staff to hand-water parts of the landscape.
The replacement was delayed after the council rejected a bid of $723,000 last October when engineering staff estimated the cost at $260,000.
The project was put out to bid again in April and the winning contractor bid $336,723.