Upgrade Downtown Project is on the Homestretch
The Upgrade Downtown project is in the final stages of construction along University Avenue. Work on the last block of University between High Street and the ‘on and off’ ramps at Alma Street began the week of 2/18.
The City and contractors have developed a traffic control plan to alleviate congestion around the construction site and ensure the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists. Motorists are encouraged to take alternative routes around this section of University Avenue to minimize traffic impacts.
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
The major utility infrastructure work is expected to be complete by the end of March. Afterward, University Avenue will be repaved once weather conditions allow for it.
Please continue to visit the restaurants and businesses. Your support is important to the vitality of our Downtown Palo Alto community. Thank you.
Please note that this construction schedule is subject to change due to unforeseeable field conditions such as 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 Improvements – University Avenue between High Street and the Alma Street Ramps: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began construction on University Avenue between High Street and Alma Street ‘on and off’ ramps during the week of 2/18. The contractor will maintain a single lane on University Ave in each direction (eastbound and westbound University Ave traffic). However, the northbound Alma on-ramp to University Ave will be closed at this time with westbound University on-ramp to Alma St remaining open.
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.
Pedestrian Safety Improvements – University Ave and High St Intersection: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. will continue to perform pedestrian ramp upgrades and traffic signal pole and conduit work at the intersection of University Ave and High St during the week of 2/25. There will be partial lane closures through the intersection during the work hours for the safety of pedestrians and workers. The sidewalks will be open for pedestrians and for access to local businesses.
Wayfinding Signage Installation – Various Downtown Locations: Ranger Pipelines, Inc. began installing wayfinding signage throughout the downtown area on January 10, 2019. Sidewalks will be partially closed during construction hours to maintain the safety of workers, pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. Pedestrian access to properties will be maintained. ‘Tow Away – No Parking’ signs will be posted as needed, 72 hours in advance, adjacent to signage installation.
PLANNED TRAFFIC ONTROL:
CHANGEABLE MESSAGE SIGNS:
PARKING SPACES TO BE TEMPORARILY REMOVED ON HAMILTON AVE:
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 Lytton Ave and University Ave
High St between University Ave and Hamilton 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 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
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.