Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd joined other council members, local residents and dignitaries Monday, March 17, in celebrating the launch of a dramatic and long-awaited streetscape project on California Avenue.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place at 4 p.m. on the 361-71 block of California Avenue, just south of Birch Street.
The project, which will stretch at least until the end of the year, includes the widening of sidewalks, creation of two new plazas near Park Avenue and Birch Street, a new fountain near the Caltrain station, new street furniture, new streetlights and landscape elements and a reduction of lanes from four to two.
The city also plans to replace an old water main under California Avenue.
The City Council approved a $6.9 million contract with Redgwick Construction Company on Feb. 24.
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