The San Francisquito Creek Trail will be closed on the Palo Alto side of the creek, between E. Bayshore Road and Geng Road beginning Monday, April 24 and will remain closed through the end of the year. The trail closure is part of the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA) Flood Protection Project that began last June. Construction activities within the creek channel itself will take place from June through October.
The San Francisco Bay to Highway 101 project includes excavating decades of sediment build up in the channel, new floodwalls where private property constrains the channel, widening the channel by building a new levee through the Palo Alto Golf Course, and rebuilding the existing levee adjacent to East Palo Alto homes. These communities are at high risk of severe flooding from flows coming down the creek, particularly during high tides. Improving this stretch of about one and a half miles of San Francisquito Creek constitutes the necessary first step in an overall plan to provide more than 5,700 homes and businesses with 100-year creek flood protection during extreme tides and after sea levels rise two feet.
During this phase of construction, the SFC Trail will be removed and then replaced by December 2017. To find out more about the trail closure and construction project, click here.
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