Construction crews will be installing new roadway markings on Oregon Expressway Friday night, prompting lane closures in both directions starting at 8 p.m.
The work is part of Santa Clara County's lagging effort to replace 50-year-old traffic signals and add left-turn lanes on streets that cross Oregon Expressway. The project, which is about six months behind schedule, is set to wrap up by the end of next week, according to an update county Supervisor Joe Simitian provided to the Palo Alto City Council at its meeting Monday.
Simitian said the lane-striping work will be conducted in the evening and night hours "in an effort to try to make sure we're not disrupting commute traffic any more than we have been." Though he called the project an "unmitigated disaster" because of the contractor's failure to perform, he highlighted its benefits, including improved traffic light synchronization and dedicated left turns at some intersections.
Work on Friday night will include the installation of roadway markings between West Bayshore Boulevard and Middlefield Road. One lane will be closed in each direction, according to the county. Work is expected to conclude at around 2 a.m.
Residents are encouraged to seek alternate east-west routes while work is in progress, including Embarcadero Road and San Antonio Road.
For more information about the project, go to www.sccgov.org/sites/rda/projects/Oregon_Expressway_Project.