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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.


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 January 26thru January  30, 2015

The contactor will begin demolition of the sidewalk on the south side, between Ash and Birch. Businesses in the immediate work area have been notified, to remove all of their furnishings (tables, chairs, potted plants, etc). This work requires closing off half of the sidewalk to allow work for this phase of the projects, and will include installing trench drains, underground utilities such as irrigation and electrical conduits, and preparing the area for curb & gutter. 

Work will also continue between Ash and Birch on the north side. Contractor will be preparing the area for placing trench drain and begin forming curb & gutter. Your cooperation is appreciated and will ensure that a safe pedestrian path remains open during construction.

Contractor will also continue with work on the plaza. They will be installing electrical, plumbing for the new fountain. Pedestrian and bicyclists will be detoured safely around these areas. 

Work this week will also include:

  • Trenching for electrical lines/streetlights between Park and Birch (north side) and between Ash and El Camino Real (north side).
  • Completion of the sidewalk area near Mollie Stone's Market driveway.
  • Streetlight and pedestrian lights will be placed in all remaining areas.
  • Developer Contractor will be working in front of 260 and 341 California Avenue for both development projects. Traffic will be rerouted in these areas.

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 between Park Boulevard and Mollie Stone's Market and near Birch.
  • Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times. 


  • Jack hammering will take place between  Park Boulevard and Mollie Stone's (North side) and the plaza.
  • Forming for the curb and gutter will include hammering with hand held hammers and the whine of electric saws.
  • 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 start as early as 7 am 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