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California Avenue Streetscape Project

Project Overview

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.


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  April 21 thru April 25, 2014

The Contractor will continue saw cutting, potholing and excavation of the street for both the storm drain line installation and the waterline installation as required for the project. As previously mentioned, the waterline location has been moved to the south side of California Avenue and work will begin from the east (near the Plaza) and continue up towards El Camino Real.

The contractor will be closing down the east bound lanes of California Avenue, one block at a time, for the excavation. Intermittent lane closure, shifting of traffic, detours near Birch Street and temporary no parking will continue for this work. As excavation work progresses and each section is complete, metal plates will cover the holes and the lanes will be reopened in those areas. The water meter boxes along the edge of the sidewalks, for the water service laterals, will also be replaced as part of this work. This will include saw cutting along the sidewalk where the water meter boxes will be placed. Work areas will be coned off and sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians at all times.

Work will occur between the hours of 8 am to 6 pm. Daily quiet period will continue from 11:30 am to 1 pm every day.
As the phasing plan is finalized, the City will hold an open house/drop in meeting to have the construction phasing/staging available for review for the community.

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" during the hours of 11:30 and 1pm. We understand the importance of keeping businesses and patrons happy and appreciate everyone's patience during this time.

Please check back for regular updates, which will be provided on a weekly basis and as needed.

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.

If you're interested in receiving updates on the California Avenue Project, please use the following link to sign up: Email updates

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.

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.

Amended CUP Approval Letter
Maps & Traffic Plan
Trash Plan


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:

Last Updated September 19, 2012