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Project Status Update

**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:

Utility Pipe Replacement – University Avenue between Waverley Street and Bryant Street: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction to install underground utilities along University Ave between Waverley St and Bryant St during the week of 7/2. 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 between the week of 7/2 and approximately 8/25.  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.  

Pedestrian Safety Improvements – University Avenue and Kipling Street:  The traffic signal replacement, pedestrian ramp improvements, and curb extensions work at the intersection of University Ave and Kipling St started on 6/26 and is expected to last until around 7/20. Construction fencing was installed to block off the work area. This intersection, including the curb ramps, is closed for the safety of pedestrians and workers. The sidewalks are 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, within 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.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements – University Avenue and Webster Street:  The pedestrian ramp improvements at the intersection of University Ave and Webster St are scheduled to begin the week of 7/16. The sidewalks will be intermittently closed for the safety of pedestrians and workers. This intersection is expected to remain open and traffic will be directed through. Pedestrian access to local businesses will be maintained. Palo Alto Municipal Code prohibits riding or operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk in a business district. ‘Tow Away – No Parking’ signs will be posted as needed, 72 hours in advance, within the construction zone.

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. is expected to begin construction the week of 7/30 along Cowper Street between Lytton Avenue and University Avenue to replace gas pipes. Construction hours will be from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Gas Pipe Replacement – Lytton Avenue between Webster Street and Cowper Street:  Ranger Pipelines, Inc. is expected to begin construction the week of 7/23 along Lytton Avenue between Webster Street and Cowper Street to replace gas pipes. Construction hours will be from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Gas Pipe Replacement – Emerson Street between Everett Avenue and Lytton Avenue:  Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction on 6/29 along Emerson St between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave to replace gas pipes.  CPA Utility Operations will continue the gas pipe improvements and are anticipated to perform gas main tie-in work during the week of July 23. The City crew will coordinate with property occupants along the block to transfer gas service to the new pipes. Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will return after pipes are connected to the gas distribution system and are expected to finalize the improvements the week of 7/30. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Gas Pipe Replacement – Webster Street between Everett Avenue and Lytton Avenue:  Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will begin construction the week of 7/9 along Webster St between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave to replace gas pipes.  Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Gas Main Tie-in & Service Transfer – Everett Avenue between Alma Street and Bryant Street:  Ranger Pipelines, Inc. completed the gas pipe replacement on Everett Ave between Alma St and Bryant St. CPA Utilities Operations will continue the gas pipe improvements and are anticipated to perform gas main tie-in work during the week of 7/23. The City crew will coordinate with property occupants along the block to transfer gas service to the new pipes. Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will return after pipes are connected to the gas distribution system and are expected to finalize the improvements the week of 7/30. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Gas Main Tie-in & Service Transfer – Ramona Street between Everett Avenue and Lytton Avenue:  Ranger Pipelines, Inc. completed the gas pipe replacement on Ramona St between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave.  CPA Utilities Operations will continue to perform gas main tie-in work during the week of 7/9 to energize 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. Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will return after pipes are connected to the gas distribution system and begin surface restoration of excavated trenches during the week of 7/9. Construction hours are from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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

Tasso Street between Lytton Avenue and University Avenue

University Avenue between Cowper Street and Waverley Street

University Avenue between Webster Street and Cowper Street

By | July 19th, 2018|

City Council Meeting on January 22, 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.

By | February 7th, 2018|