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PG&E testing to cause Alma traffic diversion

Original post made on Jan 17, 2012

Continued testing on PG&E's Line 132 is expected to cause traffic along Alma Street to be redirected for 10 days starting Jan. 18, City of Palo Alto Utilities spokeswoman Debra Katz said Tuesday morning.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 9:52 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by Alma St. User, a resident of another community
on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:27 am

What hours will traffic be affected? 24? ___ am to ___ pm?

Will the effect only be between Churchill and Oregon?

Will other areas be affected at other times/days?

What signage will there be?

Posted by Sue Dremann, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Jan 17, 2012 at 10:48 am

Sue Dremann is a registered user.

Thanks for your questions. I am awaiting answers from the city and hope to post them shortly.

Posted by Nayeli, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 17, 2012 at 11:54 am

Why did they give a ONE DAY notice?

The last time that they announced "10 days" of work on Alma St., it ended up taking nearly two very loud months.


Posted by Debra Katz, a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 17, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I am the Utilities Communications Manager and I'm happy to answer your questions.

What are the hours PG&E will be permitted to work?
Mon-Fri 9am to 4pm and Saturdays 9am- 6pm

Will the effect only be between Churchill and Oregon?
The "effect" in terms of lane closure etc will only be in the immediate vicinity of the one location, i.e. Alma just south of the Oregon Expressway. How far back that may slow traffic is unknown and will of course, vary by time of day.

Will other areas be affected at other times/days?
No, the impact will only be at the place, days and times indicated. There may not be constant traffic disruption during those times, but it's hard to predict exactly when there will or won't be trucks and equipment maneuvering in the area.

What signage will there be?
As when previous work was being done by PG&E in this spot, there will be the standard "warning" orange traffic signs indicating lane closures and "men working" etc.

I also want to remind readers that we keep our website ( ) updated with information on PG&E activity in our town.

Posted by Alma Garden Apts resident, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 17, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Hi Debra,

Will this be in front of our apartment complex again? During the last series of tests and pipe replacement, the trucks and machinery blocked our entrances and exits. Sometimes, our parking spaces were used by workers too. The equipment sat in places where some of our vehicles could not back out. I had to find workers to move this and was late to work on several days. It was very unsafe when we tried to exit the apartment complex onto Alma and when we tried to turn into the driveway as well.

Please have someone moniter this situation. Like someone else mentioned, it took much longer than we were told last time and it was a nightmare for those of us who had to experience it.

Alma Garden Apartments resident

Posted by Sue Dremann, Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on Jan 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Sue Dremann is a registered user.

Hi Alma Gardens Apartments resident. Debra Katz has told me the work will NOT be done in front of your apartment complex.

Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 18, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Probably a good opportunity to obey the speed limit.

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