Palo Alto, CA – The path to the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Project at Adobe Creek in Palo Alto will reach a major milestone on Monday, Dec. 17 as key agencies committed to the project’s success come together for a ceremonial signing event. The bridge is part of Palo Alto’s 2014 Infrastructure Plan and will span over Highway 101 from south Palo Alto to the Baylands, providing a link for bike riders and pedestrians to access businesses and recreation trails on both sides of the highway. Officials from the City of Palo Alto, Caltrans, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and Google will come together for a ceremonial signing of the agreements needed to start bridge construction.
Palo Alto Mayor Liz Kniss will be joined by Google COO for Real Estate & Development, Mark Golan, who will be signing a key public access agreement, allowing the bridge’s western approach ramp to be located on Google’s West Bayshore Road property. Representatives from Caltrans and the Santa Clara Valley Water District will also sign maintenance and joint-use agreements, while State Assemblyman Marc Berman, State Senator Jerry Hill, and others who have championed the project will be on hand for the ceremony.
“This project serves as a model for government and private partnerships, as various entities have come together to help us reach this milestone. More than $9 million in grants and contributions have been awarded to move the project forward,” said Mayor Kniss. “The numerous land and maintenance agreements we’re signing today reflect the complexity and time required to deliver this much-needed public works project near environmentally sensitive wetlands. Providing a crucial transportation link while preserving Baylands views is worth it!”
A Santa Clara County Recreation Trails Program grant will provide $4 million for the project, a One Bay Area Grant Cycle 2 program fund grant will provide $4.35 million, plus $1 million is coming from Google- together this accounts for more than half of the project’s $16 million budget.
"We're happy to contribute to a project allowing for enhanced pedestrian and bicycle access," explained Mark Golan, Google's COO for Real Estate development. "As a member of the Palo Alto and greater Bay Area Community, we want to do our part to get people out of cars and taking advantage of public trails and infrastructure."
The Benjamin Lefkowitz Underpass is the pedestrian/bike path that currently connects the two sides, but it closes for several months each year due to Adobe Creek’s seasonal flooding of the underpass area. Once the new 12-foot wide bridge is built, it will provide year-round access. Palo Alto anticipates 74,000 trips will be made across the bridge annually once it is completed. Groundbreaking is anticipated in Spring 2019.
Please Note: Parking for the ceremonial signing event will be available at 3801 East Bayshore Road. The event is at the trail entrance adjacent to the parking lot.
To learn more about the City’s Infrastructure Plan projects, including the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Project, click here.