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


PRESS RELEASE 12/19/2008
Subject :

Tree Removal to Begin Mid-January on San Antonio Road for Median Renovation Project
Contact : Kate Rooney, Public Works Engineering    650-617-3127
Palo Alto, CA – A contractor for the City of Palo Alto will begin the street tree replacement work on San Antonio Road between Middlefield and Briarwood Way in January 2009. Tree removal will take approximately 120 days to complete and the removal work is expected to impact traffic on San Antonio Road. This work is part of the San Antonio Street Tree Replacement, Median and Road Improvement project that began in October and is expected to be completed by June, 2009.

This capital improvement project addresses the deteriorating condition of the road surface, sidewalk planting areas and median islands on San Antonio Road between Middlefield Road and Briarwood Way. The planting areas and medians are not irrigated and support only sporadic patches of vegetation along with mature Italian Stone Pine trees. The aging trees are prone to limb and trunk failure.

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. The replacement trees will include non-invasive deciduous and evergreen canopy trees for the medians, and a screening hedge on the frontage road median. The work will take roughly four months, followed by repair and resurfacing of asphalt road surface scheduled for summer 2009.

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. For more information about this capital improvement project, visit Community members can join the mailing list to receive updated information, ask questions and provide comments. In addition, periodic email updates via neighborhood associations are planned to keep the community informed during construction.