News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 10/07/2008
Subject :

San Antonio Road Renovation Project Underway
Contact : Kate Rooney    650-617-3127
Palo Alto, CA -- On October 6, 2008, the Palo Alto City Council approved a $1.1 million contract to complete the first phase of the San Antonio Street Tree Replacement, Median and Road Improvement project. The construction work will be performed by Blossom Valley Construction, Inc., based in San Jose. This project is the result of several years of staff planning and community input.

The improvements address the deteriorating condition of the road surface, sidewalk planting areas and median islands on San Antonio Road between Middlefield and Briarwood Way. The planting areas and medians are not irrigated and support only sporadic patches of vegetation along with several mature Italian Stone Pine trees. Work will include removal of existing street trees and their invasive surface roots, repair and replacement of deteriorating concrete curb and gutter, installation of an irrigation system and new, more sustainable street trees and plant material, and repair and resurfacing of asphalt road surface.

Construction will take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday to avoid peak commute hours. Traffic control measures will remain in effect for the duration of the project, with at least one lane open in each direction at all times. The contractor will begin the street tree replacement and median work in late November, which will last approximately six months followed by a 60-day landscape maintenance period.

Repair of the damaged roadway will take place in two phases with Phase I, commencing in mid-October, as part of the 2008 Annual Street Maintenance Program. Phase II will begin in summer 2009, after the completion of the tree replacement and median island improvement project, when the roadway will receive a new 2" asphalt overlay between Middlefield Road and Alma Street.