Major Utility Infrastructure Work has been Completed!
Resurfacing of University Avenue between High Street and the ‘on and off’ ramps at Alma Street will occur mid-May. More details to follow in the coming weeks.
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
Please continue to visit the restaurants and businesses. Your support is important to the vitality of our Downtown Palo Alto community. Thank you.
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 and Other Streets:
Pavement Resurfacing – University Avenue: Resurfacing work is scheduled for May 13-15. University Avenue will be milled and repaved from Webster Street to High Street. The milling and paving of University Avenue will be divided into three phases. Each phase will require a 1-day street closure for the blocks included in the phase. Traffic will be detoured around these blocks. Construction fencing will be installed for each phase of the milling and paving to protect pedestrian and businesses from dirt and debris during the milling and paving operations. Construction fencing will be removed right after each phase of the paving work. The City will coordinate with the property occupants along the blocks. The sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians and 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 adjacent streets that are ‘closed to through traffic,’ vehicles can enter the adjacent blocks to access private driveways and private and public parking garages, lots, or stalls.
Dates: May 13-15, 2019
Location: University Avenue between Webster Street and High Street
Construction Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 a.m.
Traffic Impact: Road will be closed in phases during the construction hours for milling and paving.
Pavement and Sidewalk Restoration – Various Downtown Locations – Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will continue to perform pavement patch work and sidewalk restoration at various downtown locations. Partial lane closures will occur for a few hours at a time during the construction hours. Construction Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Note: The pipeline installation has been completed on the following blocks: however, streets may still be closed intermittently for pavement restoration work.
Cowper St between Hamilton Ave and Forest Ave
El Camino Real from El Camino Wy to W. Charleston Rd
Emerson St between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave
Emerson St between Lytton Ave and Hamilton Ave
Everett Ave between Alma St and Bryant St
Everett Ave between Fulton Ave and Palo Alto Ave
Forest Ave between Alma St and Ramona St
Forest Ave between Cowper St and Webster St
Hamilton Ave between Cowper St and Waverley St
Hawthorne Ave between Alma St and Bryant St
Hawthorne Ave between Ramona St and Middlefield Rd
High St between Hawthorne Ave and Everett Ave
High St between University Ave and Hamilton Ave
High St between Lytton Ave and University Ave
Homer Ave between High St and Emerson St
Kipling Ave between Hawthorne Ave and Lytton Ave
Lytton Ave between Webster St and Cowper St
Miranda Ct from Miranda Ave to the end of Miranda Ct
Ramona St between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave
Tasso St between Lytton Ave and University Ave
University Ave between Bryant St and Ramona St
University Ave between Cowper St and Waverley St
University Ave between Emerson St and High St
University Ave between High St and Alma On/Off Ramps
University Ave between Ramona St and Emerson St
University Ave between Waverley St and Bryant St
University Ave between Webster St and Cowper St
Webster St between Everett Ave and Lytton Ave
SPECIAL THANKS TO ALL OUR FRONT DOOR BUSINESSES THE PAST YEAR!
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.