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California Avenue Streetscape Project




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CONSTRUCTION UPDATE  

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 October 14 thru October 17, 2014

Streetscape work from Ash to El Camino Real, on the south side side,  will continue with installation of the trench drains, drainage lines, electrical and meter boxes and gas meter boxes.  The contractor will continue to pour new sidewalk from the building to the trench drain this week.

Please note that the driveway (Peral Lane) between Citibank and Izzy's Bagel will be close this week. Concrete is scheduled to be poured today for the driveway, curb, gutter and sidewalk. Drivers will be detoured to the parking lot at the entrance on Ash Street.

The contractor will also be installing electrical conduits on the north side in front of Bank of the West's parking lot sidewalk. The contract will be completing the installation of the electrical  conduits/trenching and meter pedestals with week in front of the Bank of the West driveway and Mimosa Lane (alley), on the north side of California Avenue. This work is needed in order for the contractor to begin placing the streetlight poles for the project. Any closure will be coordinated with the bank. Street parking will not be impacted for this work. The contractor will also continue working on placing electrical conduits/trenching on Park Boulevard and California Avenue. Traffic will be flagged around this area.
 
Pedestrian walkways will be routed around active work zones.  The pedestrian area which will be closed and separated from traffic by barrels and from the work area by orange fencing. Access to businesses will remain safely open. Where work is taking place in the immediate entrance to businesses, workers are instructed to keep their eyes open and stop activities and allow safe passage for people who need to enter a business. Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times.  


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 Ash and El Camino (south side). 
  • Between Ash and El Camino Real, South Side, access to businesses will remain safely open through use of sidewalk along face of the buildings. Restaurant furniture and signs are not allowed to restrict walking area to less than 4' and should not yet be placed back in front of establishments.
  • Midblock crosswalk between El Camino Real and Ash will remain closed through the week. Crosswalk next to Izzy's Bagels will also be closed for various periods during work on driveway and ADA ramps. 
  • Driveway between Izzy's Bagels and Citi Bank will be closed this week. Detour and other necessary traffic safety signs will be posted.

  General

  • Jack hammering will take place between Ash and El Camino (south side).
  • 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 occur between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Contractor might start as early as 7 am in order to expedite some of the concrete pours- construction noise will be minimal. 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