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California Avenue Streetscape Project


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 July 21 thru July 25,2014

 Streetscape will continues between Park and Birch on the south side of California Avenue with the installation of the sidewalk trench drain, and installation of the new curb and gutter. The contractor will be working on subgrade for new sidewalks early in the week with the new concrete for sidewalks going in starting in the middle of the week. Work on this section will also include removal of some sections of recently placed concrete sidewalk because they do not meet city standards. Forming for new curb and gutter will start mid-week, with the placement of concrete for curb and gutter starting Friday. Irrigation sleeves will go in ahead of the sidewalk, curb and gutter.
Between Ash and El Camino Real on the north side of California Avenue, work will continue with removal of the old sidewalk, which will be replaced, and the preparing of rock grade for the new sidewalk, curb and gutter. Trench drain will be in position by the end of the week. Streetlight conduit and foundations as well as work on the irrigation sleeves will also be installed this week, prior to the concrete for the sidewalk curb and gutter.

 New underground electrical services will also be placed on Park Street between California Avenue and Cambridge-work will include boring and some trenching, as well as tie in at the existing service point in the intersection of Park and Cambridge.

Work between the Plaza and Park Boulevard, on the south side of California Avenue, will be cleaned up and opened up to public/parking later this week. Note that additional work in the area will occur later in the project and will include streetlight installation/activation and landscaping. The contractor will also be finishing up work at the median near El Camino Real.

UPCOMING PHASE: The contractor is scheduled to begin work on the next phase, Ash to El Camino Real (south side), early August. Each Business will need to remove all of furnishing (tables, chairs, potted plants, etc.) before work begins. The contractor will be closing off half of the sidewalk to allow work for this phase of the project. Additional outreach will be made to all of the businesses on this block as the final date nears.  

Work affecting Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic

  • Single lane of traffic in both directions between the Plaza and El Camino Real throughout the week.
  • Bus stops  along California Avenue will be temporarily relocated.  The contractor is coordinating  with Samtrans, VTA and Marguerite.
  • Parking will be restricted  on the block of concrete demolition between Park and Birch (south side) and Ash to El Camino (north side). 
  • Pedestrian traffic Park to Birch and Ash to El Camino Real, in the vicinity of concrete demolition will remain open.  Ramps will be provided to business entrances to span work areas.
  • On Park between California Avenue and Cambridge,parking will be restricted on the north side of the street and flaggers will be directing traffic around construction equipment. During tie in at Cambridge and Park, there will be some street trenching with resultant lane closure and flagger directing traffic around work. There is slight possibility that plates may be used to cover the open trench at night if tie in work is not completed during a single work day. Flaggers will assist pedestrians in safely getting around the work.
  • Crosswalk at median island (at El Camino Real): Pedestrian access may be restricted or detoured paving work around the median. Work will be restored by the end of the week.
  • Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times.


  • An air compressor will be in use for some "hand" digging with an air spade and jack hammering where equipment mounted hydraulic hammers cannot be used. Jack hammering will take place between Park and Birch (south side) and between El Camino Real and Ash (north side).
  • Forming for the curb and gutter will include hammering with hand held hammers and the whine of electric saws.
  • Expect general construction equipmement noise from dump and trucks, excavators and concrete delivery vehicles.
  • Some dust is to be expected in the vicinity of jackhammering and soil compaction operations.
  • A sweeper truck should be onsite at the end of each day.

Work will occur between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. 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" 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:
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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