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.)
Steel plates on the streets? The steel plates are placed at the locations of excavation in accordance with safety regulations and in order to allow access to the underground infrastructure until the work is completely finished and excavation is backfilled. The plates on the streets are placed/owned and maintained by the Utilities, Contractors working for the Utilities, and third-party developers.
Pacheco Utility Line Builders, Inc. will work with City of Palo Alto Utilities to perform ongoing maintenance on the overhead electric distribution system throughout the city.
Start date March 9, 2015 through March 9, 2016. This contract could possibly be extended to a three year contract that would continue up until March 2018.
To allow us to complete some of this work, we might need to shut off power at times. If and when we do need to shut off power, all impacted customers will receive direct notices of the power shut-down(s) at least three or more days before the event.
Rebuild the underground electric system by replacing old equipment with new and reconfiguring it to current design standards. This is to ensure electric service reliability.
Planned start of January 2016 and expected to be completed by spring 2016. Work will be performed afterhours to minimize impact to businesses. Customers will be notified in advance of any power shut offs necessary to perform the work.
Area bounded by Lytton Ave, Bryant Street, Forest Avenue, and Alma road, as well as smaller areas downtown.
Rebuild and Reconfigure Electric System in Stanford Hospital/Mall Area
Enable the City to provide reliable service to new facilities at the Stanford and Lucille Packard hospitals. Utilities is rebuilding and reconfiguring the underground electric system to increase reliability and capability.
Various projects in progress with an anticipated completion of Summer 2016
Quarry Road, Welch Road
Wherever there is new construction, Utilities is typically there at some point in the construction process to provide temporary and permanent power as needed.
Utilities involvement varies depending on the project and customer's construction schedule.
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, status and to be added to a direct notification list for project updates.
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
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.
Completed April 2013
The El Camino Park recreational facilities restoration began in Fall 2014
Demolition of existing Mayfield Pump station, installation of 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.
·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.