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California Avenue Streetscape Project

California Avenue Business District Survey

The City recently conducted a survey to determine the effectiveness of outreach in the California Avenue Business District during construction of the California Avenue Streetcar Project. For survey results and summary, click here.

Upcoming Grinding and Paving Operations schedule:

The Contractor will be grinding off the existing asphalt and repaving the street. Please see below for the schedule of this work on California Avenue between El Camino Real and the Caltrain station

Sunday, 3/15   Roadway grinding  (10 pm Sun night - 6 am Mon morning)

Monday, 3/16  
Roadway grinding (10 pm Mon night - 6 am Tues morning)

Tuesday, 3/17: 
Roadway grinding (10 pm Tues night - 6 am Wed morning)

Wednesday, 3/18:  Grind/begin roadway paving (10 pm Wed night - 6 am Thurs morning)

Thursday, 3/19    Roadway paving  (10 PM Thurs night to 6 AM Fri morning)

Friday, 3/20:         No work planned

Saturday, 3/21:     No work planned

Sunday, 3/22:        Roadway paving (10 pm Sun night - 6 am Mon morning)

Monday, 3/23:      Roadway paving (10 pm Mon night - 6 am Tues morning)

     Tuesday, 3/24:  Complete Paving (10 pm Tues night - 6 am Wed morning)


The California Avenue Streetcar Project includes improvements between El Camino Real and the Caldron Station at Park Avenue. The purpose of this project is to help revitalize the street by providing modern street design and amenities that will support the creation of a vibrant pedestrian- and bike -oriented commercial and residential district that builds upon existing public art amenities.

The City anticipates both daytime and nighttime construction activities to expedite the construction schedule and to minimize business impacts from the project. The City plans to maintain vehicle and pedestrian access to the area at all times during construction. Furthermore, the city has hired a construction firm to provide regular updates to the surrounding community and create a point of contact that will be available to address any concerns.

Construction Look Ahead Schedule for the Week of March 23 thru March 27, 2015

The contractor will continue working on the plaza. Work will include pouring concrete, forming of the new seatwalls and preparations for the new fountain. The contractor will also continue work at the corner of Park Boulevard (north east side) in preparation for the sidewalk bulbout at this corner, which includes irrigation and electrical work. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be detoured safely around these areas.

Contractor will be jackhammering along the curb & gutter along California Avenue as part of the grinding work required in advance of the upcoming paving work. Parking may be affected in these area during this work.

Nighttime paving operations will continue this week as scheduled. Striping work is also scheduled to begin next week during the nighttime hours.

Work this week will also include:

  •  Complete Irrigation and begin prep for landscaping work
  •  Miscellaneous concrete pours around the old streetlight locations.
  • New streetlight and pedestrian lights will be illuminated, as removal of the old streetlights takes place.
  • Electrical work will take place at Mimosa Lane. 
  • The developer contractor will be working in front of 201 California Avenue/Park Blvd. Pedestrian detours will be in place.
  • Developer's Contactor will be paving Mayfield Lane (alley) between Birch and 260 California, on Monday March 23rd. Detours will be in place.

Work affecting Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic:

  • Single lane of traffic in both directions between the Plaza and El Camino Real .
  • Traffic will be rerouted/detoured around the plaza at times.
  • Parking will be restricted  on  the block around the plaza and between Ash and Birch (north and south side).
  • Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times. 


  •  Expect general construction equipment noise from dump and trucks, excavators, and concrete delivery vehicles.
  • A sweeper truck should be onsite at the end of each day.

Work will generally occur between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. The contractor might begin working on Saturdays in order to expedite work. A daily quiet period will continue from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day. As a reminder, " quiet time" means no loud construction noise such as, saw cutting, jack hammering, and excavating. The City has asked the Contractor to comply to "quiet time.  We understand the importance of keeping businesses and patrons happy and appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

If you have any questions regarding this work, please contact Project Inspectors James Beauchamp at (650) 302-1402 or Charlie Hayler at (916) 472-9122.


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Last Updated September 19, 2012