A prominent stretch of Junipero Serra Boulevard may see major traffic-backups this month because of an ongoing effort by PG&E to replace a natural-gas transmission line in Palo Alto.
The project targets Line #109, which travels through Palo Alto, Stanford and Menlo Park. Work on the replacement project began in late September and is expected to last about a month, according to the city's Utilities Department.
While the work will not involve road closures, the project will lead to a lane being closed, prompting "alternating" flow through one lane, according to the city.
"For Palo Altans this may result in significant back-up of traffic on the Foothill Expressway approaching Page Mill Road and heavier traffic on Page Mill Road heading toward El Camino as some commuters will choose not to continue across to Junipero Serra," the Utilities Department's announcement stated. "This will be true especially during the late afternoon/early evening commute hours."
The city is advising drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to use alternate routes when possible.
Additional information about the project is available on the department's website, www.cityofpaloalto.org/utilities.