Downtown Mobility and Safety Improvements Project

  • Project typeTraffic and Transportation
  • Completion DateDecember 31, 2019
Pedestrian walk button

Project Description

This project includes planning, design and construction of multi-modal safety improvements in Downtown Palo Alto. This project began with a collaborative study of the existing mobility and safety challenges and opportunities in Downtown Palo Alto. Subsequent phases of the project included the development of various innovative project alternatives, testing of the alternatives using tactical urbanism demonstrations and pilots, and installation of permanent improvements. The permanent improvements included, but not limited to, retrofit of curb ramps to meet ADA Standards, installation of countdown pedestrian signal heads and ADA-accessible push buttons, and upgrade of several traffic signals.  The Construction of permanent improvements generally occurred on University Avenue between High Street and Webster Street.

Scope of Work

  • Retrofit of accessible curb ramps to meet ADA standards
  • Installation of countdown pedestrian signal heads and ADA-accessible push buttons
  • Retrofit of traffic signal infrastructure and operations
  • Addition of bicycle parking
  • Traffic signal retiming and coordination
  • Coordination with Downtown Utility Upgrade project

Project Status

This project was completed in 2019.


University Avenue between (and including) High Street and Webster Street. Tactical urbanism trials occurred on Bryant Street between University Avenue and Forest Avenue.