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

May 17th, 2018|

**BUSINESSES ARE OPEN DURING CONSTRUCTION!

Major construction work on University Avenue (between Webster Street and University Circle) is anticipated to be completed by Thanksgiving 2018. Construction along other streets within the City’s Downtown Area is expected to last until 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.

Current and Upcoming Construction on University Avenue:

University Avenue between Cowper Street and Waverley Street: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction during the week of 5/7 along University Ave between Cowper St and Waverley St. Vehicular traffic on 400 block of University Avenue is permanently closed 24 hours per day on weekdays and weekends between 5/7 and approximately 6/15. Construction fencing was installed along University Avenue to block off the work area. The intersections will be intermittently closed as necessary to protect the safety of workers, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. The sidewalks are open for pedestrians and for access to local businesses.  On streets that are closed to through traffic, vehicles can enter the block to access private driveways and private/public parking garages/lots/stalls.  

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.

Hawthorne Avenue between Waverley Street and Middlefield Road: Daleo, Inc. will continue to install water pipes and is expected to last until May 31, 2018. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Forest Avenue between High Street and Ramona Street: Ranger Pipelines completed the pipeline installation work along Forest Ave between Alma St and Ramona St.  However, CPA Operations crews will perform gas main tie-in work at the intersections and transfer gas services within the sidewalks on these blocks.  Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Bryant Street between Hamilton Avenue and Forest Avenue:  Ranger Pipelines completed the pipeline installation work along Bryant St between Hamilton Ave and Forest Ave.  However, CPA Operations crews will perform gas main tie-in work at the intersections and transfer gas services within the sidewalks on this block. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  This block is closed to through traffic during the construction hours, however, access to the City Hall parking garage from Bryant Street will remain open.  There might be minor delays associated with the construction activities. To avoid any delays, it is recommended to enter and exit the garage from Ramona Street.

Ramona Street between Everett Avenue and Lytton Avenue: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction on May 9, 2018 on Ramona St between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave to install gas pipes and is expected to last until around May 22, 2018. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Hawthorne Avenue between Alma Street and Bryant Street: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will begin construction on May 23, 2018 on Hawthorne Ave between Alma St to Bryant St to install gas pipes and is expected to last until around June 8, 2018. Construction hours will be from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Completed Construction:

University Avenue between Webster Street and Cowper Street

Everett Avenue between Fulton Street and Palo Alto Avenue

Homer Avenue between High Street and Emerson Street

Tasso Street between Lytton Avenue and University Avenue

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.