Phase 3 of Caltrans’ San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project Begins
Caltrans started Phase 3 of the US 101 San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project on March 2, 2016, with some public outreach to residents and businesses and placement of some changeable message signs on US 101 and adjacent streets announcing upcoming traffic circulation changes associated with the construction work.
Starting April 4, 2016, Caltrans will implement signalized one-way traffic control on East Bayshore Road in the cities of Palo Alto and East Palo Alto, between Pulgas Avenue and Laura Lane and perform some preparatory roadway work outside of the San Francisquito Creek (SFC). During this phase of work, East Bayshore Road will be reduced to one lane in the vicinity of the creek, with a temporary traffic signal system allowing one direction of traffic at a time. Bridge demolition and replacement work cannot begin within the creek channel until June 1, 2016 and must be completed by October 15, 2016. The one-way traffic control system will likely remain in place until early December 2016.
The northbound half of the existing East Bayshore Road/San Francisquito Creek bridge will be demolished and reconstructed with heavy construction equipment. During this phase of work, the center lanes of the US 101 bridge will also be reconstructed. Construction crews will typically work between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, Monday through Friday. Local residents and businesses may experience increased noise levels, and there will likely be significant traffic delays on Highway 101 as well as East Bayshore Road.
City of Palo Alto staff is working to ensure that the proper signage is installed and that adjacent traffic signals are monitored in order to reduce the impacts of the partial closure. We do expect that there will be substantial impacts to the intersection of Embarcadero Road and East Bayshore Road.