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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 Streetscape Project. For survey results and summary, click here.


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 27 thru October 31, 2014

Streetscape work from Ash to El Camino Real, on the south side side,  will continue with installation of the curb, gutter, sidewalk work and roadway section. Work will also focus on the intersection of Ash and California Avenue. Pedestrians will be detoured around this area as the contractor finishes up work in this corner.

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.  The contractor will also continue working on placing electrical conduits/trenching on Park Boulevard and California Avenue. Traffic will be flagged around this area.
UPCOMING STAGE: The contractor wil begin working on the block between Birch and Park (north side) this week . Work will begin at the corner of Birch and California Avenue. Contractor will saw cut and remove concrete for the sidewalk bulbouts and installation of streetlight and electrical/irrigation conduits. .

Work affecting Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic:

  • Single lane of traffic in both directions between the Plaza and El Camino Real throughout the week.
  • Parking will be restricted  on the block of concrete demolition between Ash and El Camino (south side). 
  • Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times. 
  •  Pedestrian crosswalk detour at Ash.


  • 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