The California Avenue Streetscape Project includes improvements between El Camino Real and the Caltrain 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.
Proposed within the project is a new 2-lane street configuration that provide additional on-street parking; a more comfortable traveled way to be shared between vehicles and bicycles; raised mid-block crosswalks with enhanced pavement and lighting treatments; and new landscaped bulb-out and planting areas. At all-way stop intersections separate turn lanes will be provided to help maintain efficient intersection operations. Decorative free-standing signs, markers, bike racks, and other streetscape treatments will be provided throughout the street.
To help build upon the already unique public art elements of California Avenue new planting areas within the street will accommodate large shade trees to compliment the existing tree plantings. For merchants and visitors, expanded seating areas are proposed throughout the street to encourage casual dining and mingling. At the Caltrain Plaza, new park amenities include expanded seating, information kiosks, and bicycle parking elements will be provided.
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 10, 2014
Contractor, Redgwick Construction, will begin explorator investigations this week, weather pending. This work is needed in preparation for the waterline replacement which is expected to begin this week. Additional information will be provided, once the project schedule has been approved. Intermittent lane closures of no more than one traffic lane at a time, per block, will occur during this time. Work will occur between the hours of 8am to 5pm. There will be daily quiet period from 11:30 to 1pm. Project construction signing such as "Road Work Ahead" will also be placed on all side streets later this week. Contractor will also begin mobilization activites near the plaza.
Additional updates will be provided when the project schedule and phasing plan has been approved.
If you have any questions regarding this work, please contact Project Inspectors James Beauchamp at (650) 302-1402 or Bill Davis at (510) 772-9092.
Free Lunchtime Shuttle During Construction Period
To encourage visits to California Avenue during construction, the City is providing a free lunchtime shuttle service to the Stanford Research Park and surrounding areas. Click on route and schedule to view the link.
If you're interested in receiving updates on the California Avenue Project, please use the following link to sign up: Email updates
Cal Avenue Sunday Farmers' Market Maps and Other Documents
The Farmers' Market has been approved for a reconfiguration expanding the market from El Camino Real to Birch Street. The new configuration is expected to take effect in late March. See the links below for maps and other documents related to the Farmers' Market.
City Council Contract: On February 24th, The City Council awarded a construction contract for the project to Redgwicg Construction. Construction is expected to begin by mid-March, and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The complete staff report can be found here: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civicax/filebank/documents/39152