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

The Bridge design submissions received during the design competition were not selected due to budget constraints. The City sought design teams through a Request for Proposal process resulting in a design team selection by Council in May 2016. The design team, Biggs Cardosa and Associates is developing a 15% Bridge design for Council consideration in early November 2016. The project is expected to be competed in 2020.

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. The City applied for $4.35 million in One Bay Area Grant (OBAG) Cycle 2 program funds and anticipates notification of potential funding this fall.

Project Documents



Contact Information
Public Works Department
Project Manager: Elizabeth Ames
















Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016