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Last Updated: Oct 17, 2017

Downtown North

Downtown North is the residential neighborhood of Palo Alto that stretches from Alma Street to Middlefield Road, and from Lytton Avenue to San Francisquito creek. Downtown North residents have long been interested in finding ways to deal with persistent traffic problems in their neighborhood, including vehicle speeds and cut-through traffic. In February 2001, Palo Alto City Council authorized installation of a traffic calming trial plan and approved an associated set of performance measures. This traffic calming trial plan included seven street closures and was installed in June 2003. On March 24, 2004, the Palo Alto City Council directed staff to remove six of the street closures and install a new second traffic-calming plan including turn restrictions into the neighborhood during peak hours, three traffic circles and two speed tables. The second Downtown North traffic-calming plan was fully implemented in September 2004.

Next Steps

  • Public hearing on the results of the second Downtown North traffic-calming plan will be held on September 28, 2005 before Planning and Transportation Commission
  • Public hearing on the results of the second Downtown North traffic-calming plan before Palo Alto City Council will be held on a date to be determined

If you would like more information about this project, please contact:

Joseph Kott
City of Palo Alto Transportation Division
P.O. Box 10250
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: (650) 329-2520
Fax: (650) 617-3108

Downtown North - What's New
News updates about the Downtown North Traffic Calming Project

Mailing Area Map
Revision Date: 6/12/2006
Planning and Transportation Commission Recommendation to City Council to Install New Permanent Traffic Calming Project in Downtown North CMR 180:04
Revision Date: 2/25/2004
Trial Plan
Revision Date: 6/12/2006
Revision Date: 6/12/2006