Highway 101 Pedestrian / Bike Bridge Project

Pedestrian/Bike Bridge

Project Description

 In the heart of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto (along with its neighbor to the south, Mountain View) is home to hundreds of technology and research-based companies, including a number of major employers such as Google, Intuit, and Space Systems Loral that have clustered in close proximity to Highway 101 and the Bay Trail. To better link these growing job centers with regional trails and bicycle facilities, and improve access to superb recreation opportunities like the Baylands, the City has prioritized the funding and construction of a new, year-round bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing over Highway 101 at Adobe Creek near the City’s southern border.

 
The Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Project at Adobe Creek will replace the existing seasonal Benjamin Lefkowitz Underpass that is available only half the year (on average) due to seasonal flooding. It would also complement an existing, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) non-compliant, overpass that is 1.25 miles north. The new overcrossing will include a new Class I trail connection, connecting West Bayshore Road to the Baylands.

The Project is funded from local, state and federal sources, including a $4 million grant from the County of Santa Clara’s Stanford Recreation Mitigation Fund.

 

Scope of Work

  • The project includes the principal span structures consisting of self-weathering steel trusses over Highway 101 and East and West Bayshore Roads, the east and west concrete approach structures, three trailheads, and the Adobe Creek Reach Trail. The pathway will be 12 feet wide.
  • The Adobe Creek Reach Trail will connect the trailheads at East Meadow Drive and West Bayshore Road.
  • Site amenities, signage, landscaping, and lighting are also included.

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Project Status

Timeline - Construction is anticipated to start in fall 2019 and end in winter 2020.

Environmental assessment and project design were completed in late 2017 and early 2019, respectively. Caltrans approved the right-of-way certification, encroachment permit, and Authorization to Proceed in 2019. On November 18, 2019, Council approved the construction contract for the project. Construction began in late January 2020 and is anticipated to be completed by summer 2021.

 

Construction Activities Performed from January through April 2020:

The following activities were performed: 

  • Pre-construction meeting
  • Submittals preparation and review (e.g. Traffic Control Plans, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan, shop drawings, etc.)
  • Stakeholder coordination
  • Project documentation, management, and control
  • Vegetation removal
  • Utility markings, coordination and relocation on West Bayshore Road

Construction Activities Planned from May through Fall 2020:
The following construction activities are planned:

  • Implement Stormwater Pollution Prevention and Traffic Control Plans.
  • Place Construction Area Signs.
  • Continue submittals and shop drawings review.
  • Complete construction of joint utility trench and relocation of utilities along West Bayshore Road.
  • Perform steel fabrication and inspections and testing
  • Begin bridge piles and columns construction. 
  • Complete Adobe Creek Bridge fabrication and erection.
  • Stakeholder coordination
  • Project documentation, management, and control 

   

Project Documents

""  Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
  Concept Plans and Graphics
  November 27, 2017 City Council Staff Report ID# 8260
  September 26, 2017 Parks and Recreation Commission Staff Report
  September 26, 2017 Parks and Recreation Commission Presentation Materials
  September 13, 2017 Planning and Transportation Commission Staff Report ID #8258
  September 13, 2017 Planning and Transportation Commission Presentation Materials
  Final Initial Study / Mitigated Negative Declaration
 
Appendix A: Visual Impact Assessment 
Appendix B: Natural Environment Study
Appendix C: Biological Assessment
Appendix D: Tree Survey Report
Appendix E: Historic Property Survey Report
Appendix F: Paleontological Identification Report
Appendix G: Preliminary Foundation Report
Appendix H: Hazardous Materials Assessment
Appendix I: Construction Noise Assessment
  May 31, 2017, Planning and Transportation Commission Presentation Materials
  May 31, 2017, Planning and Transportation Commission Staff Report ID# 8014
  March 28, 2017, Parks and Recreation Commission Staff Report and Meeting Materials
  November 2016 City Council Staff Report ID# 7209
  May 2016 City Council Staff Report ID# 6578
  December 2015 City Council Staff Report ID# 5780
  March 2015 City Council Staff Report ID# 5523
  September 2014 City Council Staff Report ID# 5050
  December 2012 City Council Staff Report ID# 3348
  Youth Bridge Art Showcase
  November 2011 Feasibility Study
  September 2010 Community Meeting Voting Results
  September 2010 Community Meeting Presentation

Architectural Review Board Documents

""  May 4, 2017 Architectural Review Board Presentation Materials
  May 4, 2017 Architectural Review Board Concept Plans
  May 4, 2017 Architectural Review Board Staff Report ID# 7936

Contact Information

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   Public Works Engineering Services Division  
   Email: pwecips@cityofpaloalto.org  
     
   Project Manager: Megha Bansal, Megha.Bansal@cityofpaloalto.org  

 

 

 

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Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bike Bridge

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