San Francisquito Creek Monitoring Visit the Creek Monitor Page for real-time creek monitoring and the live CreekCam. During a time of emergency the City's primary duty is to ensure public safety. In the case of a flood, City resources are directed toward evacuating residents as necessary, responding to police, fire, and medical emergencies, maintaining utility services, providing traffic control, pumping flooded streets and providing sandbags available for pick up at designated locations.
The San Francisquito Creek (U.S. Route 101) Bridge Replacement Project is Underway The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) began work on June 5, 2015 on the San Francisquito Creek Bridge Replacement Project along Highway 101 at the Palo Alto/East Palo Alto border.
The initial objective for this project was to replace structurally-deficient bridges at Highway 101, East Bayshore Road, and West Bayshore Road over San Francisquito Creek. Because these bridges have caused flooding several times in the past and have the lowest creek flow capacity of any bridges along flood-prone San Francisquito Creek, the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA) and its member agencies, including the City of Palo Alto, approached Caltrans in late 2008 to request that the replacement bridges be designed to improve the flow of water beneath the roadway. Caltrans worked cooperatively with the local agencies to design new bridges that will reduce the flood risk to residents and businesses in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto and complement the planned JPA channel improvements downstream of Highway 101.
Newell Road Bridge
The City of Palo Alto, in partnership with the City of East Palo Alto and the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA), through Capital Improvement Program project PE-12011 is evaluating options for replacement of the Newell Road Bridge over San Francisquito Creek. The existing bridge, built in 1911, requires replacement to accommodate a 1% (100-year) flood event. Replacing the bridge will enable the creek channel to convey up to the estimated 1% creek flow rate and mitigate the risk of flood.
City staff is hosting a community meeting at 6:30P.M. in the Council Chambers on Thursday, September 3, 2015. The scope of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for this project will be presented and the EIR process discussed (click here for English or Spanish). Attendees will be encouraged to review and comment. The meeting will be broadcast on Channel 26 and will be archived on the Media Center website for future on-demand viewing at: http://midpenmedia.org/category/government/city-of-palo-alto/