Adobe Creek Pedestrian/Bicycle Overcrossing Project

Project Description

The Highway 101 Pedestrian Overpass Project at Adobe Creek would replace an existing underpass that is available only half the year (on average) due to seasonal flooding. It would also complement an existing, although Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) deficient, overpass that is 1.25 miles north. The new overcrossing will also include a 0.13 mile Class I trail connection along an existing Santa Clara Valley Water District maintenance road.

In the heart of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto (along with its neighbor to the south, Mountain View) is home to hundreds of technology and research-based companies, including a number of major employers such as Google, Intuit, and Space Systems Loral that have clustered in close proximity to Highway 101 and the Bay Trail. To better link these growing job centers with regional trails and bicycle facilities, and improve access to superb recreation opportunities like the Baylands, Palo Alto has prioritized the funding and construction of a new, year-round bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing over Highway 101 at Adobe Creek near the City’s southern border.

Project Status

  • A design contract is expected to reach City Council for approval in late 2015
  • Construction is expected to begin in 2017, pending design and construction document completion. See the most current staff report submitted to City Council
  • The expected construction end date is 2018

Project Design Competition - Complete

The City held a design competition for this project. It was a unique opportunity to showcase the City's commitment to innovation, aesthetics and forward-thinking solutions. City Council has directed staff to further pursue Submission C. A design contract is in the works and expected to be approved by the end of 2015.

      Submission A                               Submission B                              Submission C   


Project Grant Funding

A Santa Clara County - Recreation Trails Program grant, awarded to the City in November 2012, will provide $4.0 Million for the project. An additional $4.0 Million will be provided with a grant from One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) Program. Construction is anticipated from fiscal years 2016 through 2018. The grant funding is expected in fiscal years 2016 through 2019.

Project Documents



Contact Information
Public Works Department
Project Manager: Elizabeth Ames




Last Updated: Oct 23, 2015