The Levee Project


Zofia Patel, Journalist / Editor

The odds are that you have seen the large amount of construction going on near the levee. The giant wall that is being constructed to the east of us is hard to ignore due to the fact that it is right next to the school and is blocking half of the road. It may be annoying, but it is crucial to us. Due to climate change, the sea levels are rising faster than ever, resulting in more high tides, which could and has blown over our old levee flooding the streets and destroying the city’s infrastructure. In addition to that, citizens would have to pay more on flood insurance.  Because of this, we have the levee project, which will help protect the city from future waves of floods and sea-level rise.  

The wall will be completed in January 2023, the greenery and plants will be planted and finished in 2024. We are currently in the phase where the whole levee is closed, which is supposed to last 19 months from April 2021. They are redoing 4.5 miles of the wall from Port Royal Avenue to the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. 

There will theoretically be multiple different types of levees along the waterline. Along Foster City Boulevard and Beach Park Boulevard, there will be a hybrid sheet wall. This is essentially a wall made out of concrete blocks placed on top of a metal wall, which can be seen on the east side of our school. Along Port Royal, there will be a concrete floodwall which is essentially a large concrete wall along the waterline with a road for foot traffic behind it. The undercrossing of the bridge will also be done using the same type of wall, but the footpath will be in front of the wall. The next and last type of levee is an earthen border. This is not a wall. Instead, it is an area of greenery in front of the water that will act as a block.

Along these areas, there are enforced speed limits of 25 mph on Beach Park, as well as road cleaning to prevent problems caused by dust and small pieces of debris. For your safety, you should also keep away from fenced-off areas, and by no circumstances should you go into the fenced areas.


 A downside to the building of the levee is that you can no longer bike on levee trails to school or other places in Foster City. There are alternate bike routes, but most take you all around Foster City and not near the school. You could probably take two routes along Beach Park Boulevard and then turn onto specific side streets. Or, you could take Foster City Boulevard and turn on to the specific side streets. This is all the information I can give anyone on bike trails because of my limited knowledge of where all of you live. You can find weekly updates on the project on the Foster City website as well as other information to do with the wall building.