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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 August 25 thru August 29, 2014

***Contractor is scheduled to begin saw cutting/potholing Phase 3, Ash to El Camino Real (south side) on August 27, 2014. Each business will need to remove all of their furnishings (tables, chairs, potted plants, etc.) before work begins. The contractor will be closing off half of the sidewalks to allow work for this phase of the project. Door to door outreach/flyers will be handed out. If you have any questions, please call Bill Davis, the construction manager, at (510) 772-9092.*****

Block between Park and Birch on the south side of California Avenue, has been opened up to traffic and pedestrians. Work between Ash and El Camino Real on the north side of California Avenue, will finish up this week with placement of the new sidewalk, cur and gutter. Future planting areas will be fenced up for future work.

Streetscape work from Ash to El Camino Real,south side,  will begin with potholing for underground utilities and sawcutting of the sidewalk. This work should be completed by the end of the week, with demolition of the sidewalk beginning after labor day weekend. Demolition will be done in segments beginning at Ash. Contractor will begin demolition along the building property lines and out towards the street. Pedestrian walkways will be routed around active work zones into a protected pedestrian walkway in the Eastbound lane. The pedestrian area which will be closed 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 activites 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 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 with some detouring around the work zones.  Ramps will be provided to business entrances to span work areas.
  • Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times.


  • Jack hammering will take place between Park and Birch (south side) & utility trench crossing at Birch 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.
  • Doweling for new concrete will require impact drills with noise and dust.
  • Expect general construction equipment 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. 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.

UPDATE ON OVERALL PROJECT SCHEDULE-  Our contractor is making good progress on the California Avenue Streetscape Project, with construction at about half-way point and the construction of streetscape improvements is in full swing. City appreciates the community's patience with periodic street closures and other inconveniences. Given some complexities associated with the water line replacement and other issues, we now expect construction to extend past the end of the year, likely to March of 2015.

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