Projects Overview

Scroll below to view a list of current City of Palo Alto Utilities projects.
Following the gas, electric, water, sewer and fiber project information below, you will find the answers to the Top Three most frequently asked questions, as well as a list of other links you may find helpful.  (Note: Storm Drain projects are under the purview of the Public Works Department.)

Comments and questions are always welcome so feel free to contact us anytime.
 

For a list of current PG&E projects happening in Palo Alto, click here 

Gas System Improvements

· Gas CIP project overview (July 2012 Presentation)

Major Gas System and Service Line Replacement Project (GMR 19B/20/21)

Project Overview:

Replace old gas service lines with new, higher-quality pipelines to ensure gas service reliability.

Duration (entire project):

March 2013 through October 2014 As of May 2014, over 60% of services have been installed.

Duration (current projects)
Page Mill Road
Barron Park
Arboretum/Galvez
(Stanford Shopping Ctr.)


completed
November 2013 through June 2014
May through end of June 2014

Hours (Barron Park):

8 am to 5 pm (Monday-Friday)

Hours (Arboretum/Galvez):

9am to 4pm (for next few weeks to fix gas main)

Location (Barron Park):

Laguna Avenue, Ilima Way, Ilima Court, and San Jude Avenue

Location (Arboretum/Galvez):

Nordstrom, Crate and Barrel at Quarry intersection

Notes (Arboretum/Galvez):

There will be one lane closure during this phase of project

Location (entire project):

Map of all project installation locations

Walking and Mobile Gas Leak Surveys

Project Overview:

To ensure the safety of all who live and work in Palo Alto, gas leak surveys are performed annually. These surveys are required by Department of Transportation Pipeline Safety Regulations.

Duration:

September 2013

Location:

Map of areas covered during walking survey

Crossbore – Gas/Sewer Safety Inspection Program

Project Overview:

Checking all privately-owned sewer lines throughout the City to ensure that there are no natural gas lines accidentally “crossbored” through them.

Duration:

July 2011 through December 2014

Video:

Mayor’s Youth Video Corp – Crossbore

Electric System Improvements

·         Electric CIP project overview (July 2012 Presentation)

·         Planned Electric CIP Map (2014 – 2018) 

Power Line Upgrade 4KV to 12KV

Project Overview:

As part of the ongoing work to expand services and upgrade equipment, the main 4 Kilovolt power lines throughout South Palo Alto are being converted to 12 Kilovolt lines.  As a result of this upgrade, more customers can be served and all customers will have a more reliable power supply. 

Duration:

Mid-June through mid-July 2014

Location:

Different areas, both residential and commercial, in the southwest quadrant of the City. Locations will be processed in rotation and any one customer will only have a power shutdown on a single date. 

Notes:

To allow us to complete the transfers to the new lines, customers will have to have their power shutoff for a single day, from roughly 9:30am to 4:00pm.  All impacted customers will receive direct notices of the shutoff, at least 3 days or more before the event.


Wooden Pole Inspections

Project Overview:

Davey Tree Surgery Company will be working with City of Palo Alto Utilities to inspect, treat or reinforce wooden electric poles throughout the City.

Duration (entire project):

February through June 2014; completed 6/2/14


Underground Electric Vault

Project Overview:

As part of the ongoing work to expand services to customers and upgrade equipment, a new underground electric vault was installed on the west side (Ramona) of City Hall.

Duration:

Completed March 2014


LED Streetlight Installations

Project Overview:

To provide brighter, more efficient and high-quality lighting to the streets throughout the City. Over 50% of city's 6,600 street lights are completed!

Duration:

August 2012 through Fall 2014

Location:

Map

Middlefield Electric System Rebuild

Project Overview:

Rebuilding the outdated electric system from the 60s to ensure electric service reliability.

Duration:


Hours:

Phase Two begins June 2014 and is expected to be completed by late October.

8am to 4pm, Monday through Friday

Location:

1) Middlefield Rd between Oregon Expressway and San Antonio Rd
2) San Antonio Rd from Charleston to Middlefield

Utility Underground District 45

Project Overview:

Convert overhead power lines to an underground system.

Duration:

Project is 99% complete; Lytton crossing pending Caltrans permits; AT&T doing their portion now and expect to finish by May 2014.

Location:

Map

Water System Improvements

CAL AVE STREETSCAPE project, which is underway and will continue through much of 2014,includes a major water main replacement. All California Avenue stores, restaurants and offices are open during this construction, parking is available and there is a "quiet time" for lunch daily between 11:30am and 1:00pm. Visit here  for a full description of the project, its status and to be added to a direct notification list for project updates.        


ALL PROJECT STATUS UPDATE (March 2013) - this was a presentation to the Utilities Advisory Commission  As of late May 2014 the next Water Main Replacement project (Phase 25) is currently in the bidding/contractor hiring process.

UNIVERSITY AVE BEAUTIFICATION: Although not a Utilities project, you may be interested in the Public Works Department’s University Ave Beautification project which includes irrigation efficiency improvements. For more details, click here

Emergency Water Supply Project

Project Overview:

Build a long-term emergency water supply system that will provide enough water to meet basic needs for the entire City in the event of an earthquake or other emergency that cuts off our normal water supply from the Hetch-Hetchy regional system.

Duration:

Started late 2011; completed April 2013;
The El Camino Park recreational facilities restoration will begin in the Fall 2014

Location:

El Camino Park

Video:

Mayor’s Youth Video Corp - El Camino Park Water Reservoir Project

 

Live webcam of construction at El Camino Park

Mayfield Reservoir Project

Project Overview:

Demolition of the existing Mayfield Pump station and installation of a new pump station and emergency generator. Once completed, the new pump station will be used to supply water to the City under normal and emergency conditions.

Duration:

November 2011 through May 2014

Location:

Map

Construction of New Wells: Eleanor Pardee Park & Library/Community Gardens

Project Overview:

Installation of new wells to ensure water system reliability

Duration:

completed 2013

Location:

Eleanor Pardee Park & Library/Community Gardens

 

Map of Eleanor Pardee Park site

 

Map of Library/Community Gardens site

Emergency Water Supply Well Rehabilitation

Project Overview:

Rehabilitation of existing wells to ensure water system reliability

Duration:

completed 2013

Location:

Rinconada & Peers Park

 

Wells vicinity map

Sewer System Improvements

Special Note:  The City of Los Altos is conducting a major sewer system upgrade now through June 2014
that will impact traffic conditions on major roads in and near Palo Alto, including San Antonio Rd (between
Charleston Rd & Hwy 101) and Bayshore Parkway.  More info at: www.losaltosca.gov

Crossbore – Gas/Sewer Safety Inspection Program

Project Overview:

Checking all privately-owned sewer lines throughout the City to ensure that there are no natural gas lines accidentally “crossbored” through them.

Duration:

July 2011 through December 2014

Video:

Mayor’s Youth Video Corp – Crossbore

Sewer (wastewater) Main Replacements

Project Overview:

Replace aging sewer system components (mains, manholes and service laterals)  Details below are for phase 22/23 of this long-term, ongoing effort. The next phase (24/25) is currently in design and will go out for bid summer 2014.

Duration (entire project):

2012 through 2014

Duration (of current section):

December 2013 – May 2014 

Location (of current section):

Alma St. (some side street closures between Seale Ave. and N. California, although residents will always have access to their homes.)

 

Map area

Hours  (of current section):  9am-4pm

Please note:

  • Periodic northbound Alma lane closures will be required

Questions or concerns? Contact Project Engineers: Robert Item (650) 556-4513 or Marina Ezrina (650) 566-4510 or Project Inspector Lynn Krug (650) 387-4278.

Completed Sections:

·         Bryant Corridor
·         Crescent Park
·         Map area

Fiber Optic System Improvements

Fiber to PAUSD

Project Overview:

This project will cover 18 PAUSD facilities and will provide a high speed, high reliability fiber network

Duration:

August 2013 through January 2014

Location:

Map

Schedule

FAQs:

·         Why is PG&E doing construction in Palo Alto? The City of Palo Alto Utilities supplies natural gas to all residents and businesses in Palo Alto. However, the natural gas used in Palo Alto is transported to the City's distribution system through large transmission lines owned by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Click here  for a list of all current PG&E projects happening in Palo Alto.

·         What do the colored markings in the street mean? These different colored lines and letters have been placed to indicate the location of various underground utilities, so construction crews will not hit them while excavating.  They are placed by Underground Services Alert (USA), the folks you should call (811) ANYTIME you plan to dig on your property.  Click here to see a chart explaining what all the colors mean.

·         Why are Utilities crews digging up a street that was just repaved? This only happens when there is an urgent problem that must be addressed immediately. Otherwise, a 5 year moratorium on planned projects is observed after a street has been repaved.

·         Utilities project homepage

·         Map of all major utility projects

·         Link to all Electric projects (including finished, current and upcoming) 

·         Link to all Water projects (including finished, current and upcoming) 

·         Link to all Gas projects (including finished, current and upcoming)

·         Link to all Sewer projects (including finished, current and upcoming) 

·         Other questions or concerns? Contact us by email or call 650-329-2474.

 

Last Updated: Oct 27, 2014