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

August 15th, 2018|

**STORES AND RESTAURANTS ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS DURING CONSTRUCTION!**

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

August 25 & 26, 2018 • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • University Avenue, Palo Alto

(Note: Construction fencing will be temporarily removed during the weekend of this event)

General Information:

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:

Utility Pipe Replacement and Concrete Ramp Upgrade – University Avenue between Waverley Street and Bryant Street: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction to install underground utilities and upgrade curb ramps to meet the current ADA compliance along University Ave between Waverley St and Bryant St.  Construction fencing was installed along University Avenue to block off the work area. Vehicular traffic on the 300 block of University Avenue is closed 24 hours per day on weekdays and weekends from 7/5 to approximately 8/31.  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.  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.  On streets that are ‘closed to through traffic’, vehicles can enter the block to access private driveways and private & public parking garages/lots/stalls.  

Utility Pipe Replacement – University Avenue between Bryant Street and Ramona Street: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. anticipates to start construction on this block during the week of 9/3/18.  More details to follow.

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 – Cowper Street from Lytton Ave to University Ave:  Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction during the week of 8/6 along Cowper Street between Lytton Avenue and University Avenue to replace gas pipes. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Gas Pipe Replacement – Lytton Avenue between Cowper Street and Waverley Street:  Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction during the week of 8/13 along Lytton Avenue between Cowper Street and Waverley Street to replace gas pipes. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Gas Pipe Replacement – Bryant Street between Lytton Avenue and Hamilton Avenue:  Ranger Pipelines, Inc. is expected to begin construction during the week of 8/27 along Bryant Street between Lytton Avenue and Hamilton Avenue to replace gas pipes. Construction hours will be from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Gas Main Tie-in & Service Transfer – University at Florence:  Ranger Pipelines, Inc. completed the gas pipe replacement on the 300 block of University Avenue.  CPA Utilities Operations will perform gas main tie-in work during the week of 8/20 at the intersection of University and Florence to energize the newly-installed pipes.  The City crew will also coordinate with the property occupants along the block to transfer the gas services to the new pipes.  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 properties. Vehicles can enter the construction area to access private driveways and private/public parking lots/stalls.  ‘Tow Away – No Parking’ signs are posted as needed, 72 hours in advance, within the construction zone.

Gas Main Tie-in & Service Transfer -Lytton Ave (between Webster St and Cowper St) & Webster St (between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave): Ranger Pipelines, Inc. completed the gas pipe replacement on Lytton Ave (between Webster St and Cowper St) and Webster St (between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave).  CPA Utilities Operations will perform gas main tie-in work during the week of 8/20 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.  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 properties. Vehicles can enter the construction area to access private driveways and private/public parking lots/stalls.  ‘Tow Away – No Parking’ signs are posted as needed, 72 hours in advance, within the construction zone.

Street Improvements – Alma Street between Palo Alto Avenue and Melville Avenue:  Starting on August 15 through August 31, 2018, City’s Contractor O’Grady Paving, Inc. will begin work along Alma Street between Palo Alto Avenue and Melville Avenue.  They will perform spot repairs on damaged curb & gutter, sidewalk, driveway, as well as re-paving the street.  O’Grady Paving will grind out the existing pavement and re-pave Alma Street with rubberized asphalt.  The tentative schedule for re-paving is as follows: 8/27 to 9/1 – between Palo Alto Avenue and Lytton Avenue; 9/3 to 9/8 – between Lytton Avenue and Homer Avenue; and 9/10-9/15 – between Homer Avenue and Melville Avenue.  Traffic lanes will be reduced to one lane each direction during the grinding of the existing pavement and re-paving.

The public should expect major traffic delays during the re-paving operations and minor delays during the repair work of sidewalk/curb/gutter/driveway.  Sidewalks will not be impacted for the removing of the existing asphalt pavement and repaving work.  However, pedestrians will be detoured during sidewalk and driveway repairs.  Construction hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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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 Street between Hamilton Avenue and Forest Avenue

Everett Avenue between Fulton Street and Palo Alto Avenue

Forest Avenue between Alma Street and Ramona Street

Hawthorne Avenue between Alma Street and Bryant Street

Hawthorne Avenue between Waverley Street and Middlefield Road

High Street between Hawthorne Avenue and Everett Avenue

Homer Avenue between High Street and Emerson Street

Ramona St between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave

Tasso Street between Lytton Avenue and University Avenue

University Avenue between Cowper Street and Waverley Street

University Avenue between Webster Street and Cowper Street

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.