BENEFITS

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.

WATER INFRASTRUCTURE
IMPROVEMENTS

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.
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GAS INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS

New gas pipes will be installed on University Avenue and various streets in the Downtown District.

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Easier Parking

NEW WAYFINDING SIGNS

Upgrade Downtown includes new direction signs for easy navigation and location of parking when visiting downtown.

Safer Strolls

SIDEWALK EXTENSIONS

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.

ACCESSIBILITY UPGRADES

New curb ramps that meet federal accessibility standards will be installed where needed to improve mobility and accessibility.

Improved Mobility

ROAD REPAVING

Upgrade Downtown is a City of Palo Alto multi-year infrastructure and street improvement project that will include utility pipe replacement, road, repaving, traffic signal enhancements, and sidewalk widening.  Road repaving and street improvements are scheduled through 2021 on various streets in the Downtown area.