UPGRADE

DOWNTOWN

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Upgrade Downtown is the City of Palo Alto’s multi-year infrastructure and street improvement project. It provides critical, preventative upgrades to core infrastructure so we can continue to provide safe, reliable and cost effective services to our community. Upgrade Downtown includes utility pipe replacements, road repaving, traffic signal enhancements and a new downtown parking garage.

Benefits

Learn about the benefits of the Upgrade Downtown project.

Where We’re Working

The projects in Upgrade Downtown will be completed on an efficient, block-by-block schedule to minimize disruption to residents and businesses. Interested to know what projects are next? See a year-by-year breakdown of Upgrade Downtown projects.

Updates

Project Status Update

October 20th, 2018|

**RESTAURANTS AND BUSINESSES ARE OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION!  PLEASE VISIT WITH US!  YOUR SUPPORT IS IMPORTANT TO THE VITALITY OF OUR DOWNTOWN PALO ALTO COMMUNITY.  THANK YOU.**

General Information:

The majority work (underground pipe replacement/ADA ramp upgrade) on 200-500 blocks of University Avenue (between Webster and Emerson) is anticipated to be completed by Thanksgiving 2018. After the 2019 New Year’s Day, construction will resume on 100 block of University Avenue and on other streets in the Downtown Area. The remaining work in 2019 includes underground pipe replacement/ADA ramp upgrade on 100 block of University Avenue, traffic signal upgrade on 100-500 blocks of University Avenue, and gas pipe replacement on other streets. The construction work in the Downtown area is expected to last till March 2019. Please note that the construction schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen field conditions, unexpected circumstances, inclement weather, etc.

On streets that are ‘Closed to Through Traffic‘, vehicles can enter the blocks to access private driveways, as well as private and public parking garages/lots/stalls.  Palo Alto Municipal Code prohibits riding or operating a bicycle upon any sidewalk in a business district.  ‘Tow Away – No Parking’ signs will be posted as needed, 72 hours in advance, on adjacent streets near the construction zone.

Current and Upcoming Construction on University Avenue:

Utility Pipe Replacement – University Avenue between Ramona Street and Emerson Street: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction to install underground utilities along University Ave between Ramona St and Emerson St during the week of 10/1.  Construction fencing was installed along University Avenue to block off the work area. Vehicular traffic on University Ave between Ramona St and Emerson St is closed 24 hours per day on weekdays and weekends.  The intersections will be intermittently closed as necessary to protect the safety of workers, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.  The sidewalks will be open for pedestrians and for access to local businesses. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements – University Ave and Tasso St: The pedestrian ramp improvements and sidewalk extension at the intersection of University Ave and Tasso St began during the week of 9/24 and is expected to last till 10/19. The sidewalks will be intermittently closed for the safety of pedestrians and workers. This intersection will have partial lane closures and traffic will be directed through. Pedestrian access and access to local businesses will be maintained. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements – University Ave and Florence St: The pedestrian ramp and traffic signal improvements at the intersection of University Ave and Florence St will begin during the week of 10/15 is expected to last till 10/24. The sidewalks will be intermittently closed for the safety of pedestrians and workers. This intersection will have partial lane closures and traffic will be directed through. Pedestrian access and access to local businesses will be maintained. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements – University Ave and Kipling St: The pedestrian sidewalk extension at the intersection of University Ave and Kipling St will begin during the week of 10/29 is expected to last till 11/5. The sidewalks will be intermittently closed for the safety of pedestrians and workers. This intersection will have partial lane closures and traffic will be directed through. Pedestrian access and access to local businesses will be maintained. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements – University Ave and Bryant St: The pedestrian ramp improvements at the intersection of University Ave and Bryant St will begin during the week of 10/29 is expected to last till 11/9. The sidewalks will be intermittently closed for the safety of pedestrians and workers. This intersection will have partial lane closures and traffic will be directed through. Pedestrian access and access to local businesses will be maintained. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Current and Upcoming Construction on Other Streets:

The subject blocks or intersections will be closed to vehicular and bicycle through-traffic during construction hours. Pedestrian access to sidewalks, vehicular access to local residential and business driveways, and access to public and private parking garages/lots will be maintained. ‘Tow Away – No Parking’ signs will be posted 72 hours in advance within the construction zone.

Gas Pipe Replacement – High Street between Lytton Avenue and University Ave: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction during the week of 10/8 along High Street between Lytton Avenue and University Ave to replace gas pipes. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Gas Pipe Replacement – High Street between University Ave and Hamilton Ave: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will begin construction during the week of 10/22 along High Street between Lytton Avenue and University Ave to replace gas pipes. Construction hours will be from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Gas Main Tie-in & Service Transfer-Hamilton Ave (between Waverley St & Cowper St) & Cowper St (Hamilton Ave & Forest Ave): Ranger Pipelines, Inc. completed the gas pipe replacement on Hamilton Ave (between Waverley St & Cowper St) & Cowper St (Hamilton Ave & Forest Ave).  CPA Utilities Operations will continue to perform gas main tie-in work during the week of 10/22 at the intersections to energize the newly-installed pipes.  The City crew will also coordinate with the property occupants along the blocks to transfer the gas services to the new pipes. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Street Improvements – Alma Street between Palo Alto Avenue and Melville Avenue: The City’s Contractor O’Grady Paving, Inc. started spot repairs on damaged curb & gutter, sidewalk, driveway, and street pavement along Alma Street from Palo Alto Avenue to Melville Avenue on 9/10.  This work is expected to last through October 16, 2018.

Alma Street from Addison Avenue to Melville Ave is scheduled for resurfacing from 10/17 – 10/20.   Starting on Wednesday, October 17 through Friday, October 19, the contractor will grind out the old pavement and prepare the surface for paving. On Saturday, October 20, the contractor will begin paving with rubberized asphalt. One lane of road will be closed during these operations.  Work hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday) and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

The public should expect major traffic delays during the re-paving operations. Sidewalks will not be impacted by the removal of the existing asphalt pavement and repaving work. Construction hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM M-F, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Sat.

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Completed Construction:

Note: The pipeline installation has been completed on the following blocks: however, streets may still be closed intermittently for pavement restoration work.

Bryant St between Lytton Ave and Forest Ave

Cowper St from Hamilton Ave and

Emerson St between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave

Everett Ave between Alma St and Bryant St

Everett Ave between Fulton Ave and Palo Alto Ave

Forest Ave between Alma St and Ramona St

Hamilton Ave between Cowper St and Waverley St

Hawthorne Ave between Alma St and Bryant St

Hawthorne Ave between Ramona St and Middlefield Rd

High St between Hawthorne Ave and Everett Ave

Homer Ave between High St and Emerson St

Lytton Ave between Webster St and Cowper St

Ramona St between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave

Tasso St between Lytton Ave and University Ave

University Ave between Bryant St and Ramona St

University Ave between Cowper St and Waverley St

University Ave between Waverley St and Bryant St

University Ave between Webster St and Cowper St

Webster St between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave

City Council Meeting on January 22, 2018

February 7th, 2018|

City Council met on January 22, 2018, and approved a Construction Contract with Ranger Pipelines, Incorporated.

The Construction Contract will include pipe replacements, pedestrian safety improvements, and installation of parking way-finding signage. The timing of this construction project is primarily driven by the need to replace aging gas and water utility infrastructure. The City is synchronizing this work with other transportation-related projects to minimize future disruptions to the downtown area. These improvements will provide critical, preventative upgrades to core infrastructure in the downtown area while delivering safe, reliable, and cost-effective services to the community.

New gas and water pipes will be installed within a joint, open-excavated trench along University Avenue between Alma Street and Waverley Street. Fiber optic conduit will also be installed within the joint trench to increase its availability for future use. Gas distribution pipelines will be installed along other streets within the Downtown North, University Park, Leland Manor, Charleston Meadows, and Greater Miranda neighborhoods.

The City is upgrading traffic signals, curb ramps, and widening sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety. The traffic signal upgrades will include the replacement of broken or blocked underground conduit systems, and installation of new traffic signal and, safety and accessibility enhancements. These improvements will occur along University Avenue between Alma Street and Waverley Street.

Parking way-finding signage will be installed to improve parking visibility in Downtown Palo Alto. Several of the signs will allow future real-time parking availability displays. The signage will be installed throughout the Downtown District.

Construction of the project is anticipated to begin in March or April 2018.