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News Briefs for August 22, 2022

Overnight tube closures, Bayport house fire, Bay Farm lagoon bridge construction, a garden photo contest, and landscape rebates.

Posey Tube closed for three nights this week

Caltrans issued an alert that late night Posey Tube closures will start tonight and continue through Weds. August 24. On all three nights, the tube will close at 10 p.m. and reopen the following morning at 4:30 a.m. During those times, drivers will have to use one of the bridges to get off the island and buses will be rerouted. The Webster St. tube will remain open for traffic coming in to Alameda.

AFD puts out Bayport fire

Alameda Post - early morning fire at Bayport, August 21, 2022
A house on the 300 block of Robert Louis Stevenson Avenue caught fire and was quickly extinguished Sunday morning. Photo courtesy @bayareafirefighter.

Alameda Fire Department responded to a house fire in the Bayport neighborhood on Sunday morning reported at 1:41 a.m. AFD crews arrived at the 300 block of Robert Louis Stevenson Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. to find smoke and fire coming  from a two-story, single-family dwelling. Over two dozen firefighters responded to the scene and brought the fire under control in a little more than a half-hour. The fire was contained to the one home and no injuries or fatalities were reported. The cause and origin of the fire are still under investigation. Oakland Fire Department provided mutual aid and covered calls during the incident.

Bay Farm lagoon bridges construction schedule

Bay Farm Island’s lagoon bridges are scheduled for new construction on bridge decking, stairs, and railings, according to Harbor Bay Isle maintenance director Joe Landaeta. Work on all five bridges along the lagoon path will begin on September 9 and is set to be completed in early December.

Detour routes will be posted at each bridge. A section of the community parking lot will also be closed for construction materials.

The construction schedule is as follows (see map for locations):

  • Bridge 4: Sept. 9–21 (Sea Bridge & Moss Point)
  • Bridge 3: Sept. 22–Oct. 7 (Water’s Edge & Sand Harbor)
  • Bridge 2: Oct. 10–Nov. 1 (Ironwood Road & Capetown Drive)
  • Bridge 1: Nov. 2–16 (Jervis Bay & Channing Way)
  • Bridge 5: Nov. 17–Dec. 9 (Anderson Road & Kofman Parkway)

Alameda Post - Harbor Bay Island lagoon bridge construction map

Show off your yard in ‘I ❤️ My Garden’ photo contest

More and more Alamedans are converting their lawns to beautiful drought-tolerant gardens, and now is the time to show off by entering the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) “I ❤️ My Garden” Photo Challenge.

Between now and September 25, 2022, customers may submit two photos—one “before” and one “after” their reimagined landscape. The water company also wants to hear whether the change from lawn to garden helped save water, attracted more wildlife, or changed how the space is used.

EBMUD water conservation experts will select a top winner for each of five categories: Most Inspiring DIY, Most Colorful, Most Dramatic Change, HOA Superstar, and Business Superstar.

Winners will receive prizes, such as the EBMUD award-winning book, Plants and Landscapes for Summer-Dry Climates, will be included in a feature on the EBMUD website and social media channels, and will get two free tickets to the Ruth Bancroft Garden.

Full contest rules are available on the EBMUD website. Winners will be announced in October on EBMUD’s Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Landscape rebates for drought-tolerant landscaping

EBMUD also offers rebates of up to $2000 to residential customers who are making the switch from thirsty lawns to drought-tolerant gardens—as much as $2.50 per square foot for turf replacement, up to $2,000 in credit on water bills. Businesses can get rebates of up to $15,000. The water company also offers help with installation of drip irrigation, coupons for mulch, virtual and onsite landscape audits, and how-to videos. Visit for more information.

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