Upgrade Downtown Project is on the Homestretch
The Upgrade Downtown project is in the final stages of construction along University Avenue. Work on the last block of University between High Street and the ‘on and off’ ramps at Alma Street began the week of 2/18.
The City and contractors have developed a traffic control plan to alleviate congestion around the construction site and ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Motorists are encouraged to take alternative routes around this section of University Avenue to minimize traffic impacts.
City staff are available to answer any questions and address concerns through a dedicated project hotline, 650-329-2DIG (2344), or by email at UpgradeDowntown@cityofpaloalto.org
The major utility infrastructure work is expected to be complete by the end of March. Afterward, University Avenue will be repaved once weather conditions allow for it.
Please continue to visit the restaurants and businesses. Your support is important to the vitality of our Downtown Palo Alto community. Thank you.
Please note that this construction schedule is subject to change due to unforeseeable field conditions such as 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 Improvements – University Avenue between High Street and the Alma Street Ramps: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction on University Avenue between High Street and Alma Street ‘on and off’ ramps during the week of 2/18. The contractor will maintain a single lane on University Ave in each direction (eastbound and westbound University Ave traffic). However, the northbound Alma on-ramp to University Ave will be closed at this time with westbound University on-ramp to Alma St remaining open.
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.
Pedestrian Safety Improvements – University Ave and High St Intersection: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will continue to perform pedestrian ramp upgrades and traffic signal pole and conduit work at the intersection of University Ave and High St during the week of 2/25. There will be partial lane closures through the intersection during the work hours for the safety of pedestrians and workers. The sidewalks will be open for pedestrians and for access to local businesses.
Wayfinding Signage Installation – Various Downtown Locations: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began installing wayfinding signage throughout the downtown area on January 10, 2019. Sidewalks will be partially closed during construction hours to maintain the safety of workers, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Pedestrian access to properties will be maintained. ‘Tow Away – No Parking’ signs will be posted as needed, 72 hours in advance, adjacent to signage installation.