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UPDATES 2018-02-12T17:24:46+00:00

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Project Status Update

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General Information:

The majority work (underground pipe replacement/ADA ramp upgrade) on 200-500 blocks of University Avenue (between Webster and Emerson) is anticipated to be completed by Thanksgiving 2018. After the 2019 New Year’s Day, construction will resume on 100 block of University Avenue and on other streets in the Downtown Area. The remaining work in 2019 includes underground pipe replacement/ADA ramp upgrade on 100 block of University Avenue, traffic signal upgrade on 100-500 blocks of University Avenue, and gas pipe replacement on other streets. The construction work in the Downtown area is expected to last till 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.  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:

Utility Pipe Replacement – University Avenue between Bryant Street and Ramona Street: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction to install underground utilities along University Ave between Bryant St and Ramona Street during the week of 9/3.  Construction fencing was installed along University Avenue to block off the work area. Vehicular traffic on University Avenue between Bryant St and Ramona St is closed 24 hours per day on weekdays and weekends between the week of 9/3 and approximately 10/5.  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 local businesses.

Utility Pipe Replacement – University Avenue between Ramona Street and Emerson Street: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will begin construction to install underground utilities along University Ave between Ramona St and Emerson St during the week of 10/1. Construction fencing will be installed, during the week of either 10/1 or 10/8, along University Avenue to block off the work area. Vehicular traffic on University Ave between Ramona St and Emerson St will be closed 24 hours per day on weekdays and weekends after the fence is installed.  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.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements – University Ave and Bryant St: The traffic signal pole foundation work at the intersection of University Ave and Bryant St will start during the weeks of 9/10. This intersection will be closed during the work hours for the safety of pedestrians and workers. The sidewalks will be open for pedestrians and for access to local businesses.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements – University Ave and Florence St: The traffic signal pole foundation and pedestrian ramp improvements work at the intersection of University Ave and Florence St will start during the week of 9/24. This intersection, including the curb ramps, will be closed during the work hours for the safety of pedestrians and workers. The sidewalks will be open for pedestrians and for access to local businesses.

Pedestrian Safety Improvements – University Ave and Tasso St: The pedestrian ramp improvements and sidewalk extension at the intersection of University Ave and Tasso St are scheduled to begin during the week of 9/24. The sidewalks will be intermittently closed for the safety of pedestrians and workers. This intersection will have partial lane closures and traffic will be directed through. Pedestrian access and access to local businesses will be maintained.

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 – Hamilton Avenue between Cowper Street and Waverley Street: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction during the week of 9/7 along Hamilton 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 – Cowper Street between Hamilton Avenue and Forest Avenue: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will begin construction during the week of 9/24 along Cowper Street between Hamilton Avenue and Forest Avenue to replace gas pipes. Construction hours will be from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Gas Main Tie-in & Service Transfer-Bryant St (between Lytton Ave and Hamilton Ave) & Lytton Ave (between Cowper St and Waverley St): Ranger Pipelines, Inc. completed the gas pipe replacement on Bryant St (between Lytton Ave and Hamilton Ave) & Lytton Ave (between Cowper St and Waverley St). CPA Utilities Operations will perform gas main tie-in work during the week of 9/24 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. Construction hours will be from 8:00 AM to 4:00 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

Emerson Street between Everett Avenue and Lytton Avenue

Everett Avenue between Alma Street and Bryant Street

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

Lytton Ave between Webster St and Cowper St

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

By | September 20th, 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|