The City of Palo Alto and City of East Palo Alto have reached an agreement with Caltrans to postpone any bridge replacement work and associated lane reduction on East Bayshore Road until at least 2016 or 2017 due to concerns about potentially worsening current traffic backups on the freeway and local streets leading to the freeways. The postponement will lessen the project impacts and alleviate further traffic backups in adjacent neighborhoods around University Avenue and Highway 101.
Caltrans’ original plan was to narrow East Bayshore Road to one lane with two-way traffic controlled by a temporary traffic signal during the summers of 2015 and 2017. That work has now been postponed until at least 2016, and Caltrans is exploring an improved option whereby the replacement of the East Bayshore Road Bridge could be accomplished in a single summer in 2017.
The remaining work to be completed this year is the replacement of the existing San Francisquito Creek Bridge carrying southbound Highway 101 traffic. This work requires shifting the eight freeway lanes to the east side of the Caltrans right-of-way. This modified lane configuration will remain in effect until Spring 2016.