New Water & Gas
The Utilities Department is replacing aging water and gas pipes in the University Avenue Downtown District as part of the Upgrade Downtown campaign. Work will be done on an efficient, block by block schedule to minimize disruption to residents and businesses.
These upgrades to core infrastructure ensure the continuation of safe, reliable and cost-effective distribution.
New water distribution pipes will replace aging infrastructure on the following streets:
- University Avenue between University Circle and Webster Street.
- Hamilton Avenue between Emerson and Webster Streets.
- Everett Avenue between Alma Street and Middlefield Road.
- Hawthorne Avenue between Alma Street and Middlefield Road.
- Byron Street between Palo Alto Avenue and Hawthorne Avenue.
GAS INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS
New gas pipes will be installed on University Avenue and various streets in the Downtown District.
NEW DOWNTOWN PARKING GARAGE
The City of Palo Alto is building a new, five story parking garage on the existing surface parking lot D at the northwest corner of Hamilton Avenue and Waverley Street. The parking garage will provide up to 338 parking spaces and is expected to be completed in 2020.
NEW WAYFINDING SIGNS
Upgrade Downtown includes new direction signs for easy navigation and location of parking when visiting downtown.
Sidewalk extensions at intersections including Tasso and University Avenue and Kipling and University will shorten the time for pedestrians to cross the street, enhancing safety and access.
PEDESTRIANS SIGNAL UPGRADE
New pedestrian crossing signals with countdown clocks will be installed at certain intersections to enhance safety and walkability.
New curb ramps that meet federal accessibility standards will be installed where needed to improve mobility and accessibility.
POTENTIAL UNIVERSITY AVENUE COMPLETE STREET
In 2015, the City of Palo Alto adopted a Complete Streets policy that aims for streets to be used in a safe way for pedestrians, bike riders, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.
In line with this policy, the City is proposing Complete Streets upgrades along University Avenue, including new bike lanes, conversion of angled parking to parallel parking, curb extensions and more.
These upgrades will improve the accessibility and safety of the University Ave area and close a major east-west gap in the city’s bike network within the Downtown area. The University Avenue bicycle lanes will be presented for consideration by City Council in Summer of 2018.