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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 November 17  thru November 21, 2014

Streetscape work from Ash to El Camino Real, on the south side side will be wrapping up this week with the cleanup work of the newly placed sidewalk and installaltion of the pedestrian streetlight poles. The contractor will be special washing the newly placed sidewalk (between Ash and El Camino Real) during the nighttime hours of 10 pm to 5 am on Monday November 17 and Tuesday November 18. This work will be done at night when there are no furniture and people walking on the sidewalk so that businesses and customers visiting California Avenue are not inconveinced. Noise should be very minimal as the work only invoices washing off the sidewalk with water hose.

The contractor will also continue working on the block between Birch and Park (north side). Work will continue at the north-east corner of Birch and California Avenue with the forming of curb & gutter and pouring of the sidewalk at this corner. They will also continue to work between Park Blvd and Mollie Stone's Market (north side). Work on this corner includes sawcutting for underground trenching for electrical work and storm drain work. The pedestrian ramps at Park Boulevard will alos be sawcut/demolished for widening. Pedestrians will be detoured safely around these areas.

The contractor will also be completing the installation of the electrical conduits/trenching and meter pedestrians 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. In addition, they will continue placing electrical conduits/trenching along California Avenue. Traffic will be flagged around these areas.

WORK DURING HOLIDAYS: From Nov.26 to Jan. 4th the contractor's work on California Avenue is isolated to the east side (at the Plaza and Park Bouleard). The construction trailer will be moved out of the plaza and a temporary project site will be set up at the south end of Lot C-6 (at Park/Sherman).

Work affecting Vehicular and Pedestrian Traffic:

  • Single lane of traffic in both directions between the Plaza and El Camino Real throughout the week.
  • Some parking will be restricted  on the block of concrete demolition between Ash and El Camino (south side) and near the corner of Birch/California Avenue (north-east side).
  • Pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times. 


  • 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