Electric Underground District No. 46

Utility Underground District No. 46

This City of Palo Alto Utilities Department (CPAU) project will convert the utility lines from overhead to underground. It involves the installation of new underground electric, communication, and cable television systems and homeowner’s conversion of their services to underground so that the overhead lines and poles can be removed.


A majority of the utility poles in the City of Palo Alto are jointly owned by the City and AT&T. The establishment of Utility Underground Districts (“UUD) is governed by City of Palo Alto Utilities Rule and Regulation 17, Conversion of Electric and Communication Facilities to Underground. AT&T is also regulated by CPUC Rule 32. CPAU and AT&T agree on the boundaries of a UUD and CPAU will work on the process on adoption of the City Ordinance to establish the district.

Ordinance No. 5276 establishing UUD 46 was passed by Council in October 2014. The ordinance amended Section 12.16.020 of the Palo Alto Municipal Code which requires that poles, overhead lines, and associated overhead structures in districts be removed.


The project will involve excavation and trenching to install conduits and boxes (substructures); installation of underground wires and equipment by involved utilities; conversion by homeowners of their services; connection of customer’s services to the new underground systems, and removal of overhead wire, equipment, and poles.

The work will primarily be in the area at the intersection of West Charleston Road/Arastradero Road and El Camino Real. At times it may be necessary to block portions of the street to facilitate the installation of the underground substructures, wires, and equipment. Impacted customers will be given advance notification of scheduled power outages when new equipment must be connected to the electrical system.

Our goal is to continue to provide dependable electric service to our customers. We greatly appreciate your cooperation and patience during the construction period, and are looking forward to the improvements this project will provide.


Construction Contractor: To be determined (TBD)
Project Engineer (City): Joe Gonzales
Field Inspector: TBD
After Hours in an Emergency: CPA Communications, (650) 329-2413

Tentative Schedule:

Substructure design completed
Substructure construction under bid
Electric System design in progress
Electric System installation TBD
Homeowner’s service conversion TBD
Communication/CATV System Installation TBD
Pole Removal by AT&T TBD


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Last Updated: Apr 11, 2017