Caltrain crossings at four Palo Alto locations will soon be equipped with wider sidewalks, new fences, guardrails and increased signage as part of an effort to boost safety for riders, drivers and pedestrians near the Caltrain corridor.
The project is scheduled to begin next week at the Charleston Road crossing and will later extend to the crossings at East Meadow Drive, Churchill Avenue and Alma Street.
The improvements are part of a $5.8 million effort by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to improve safety at the crossings. The project includes similar improvements at two Caltrain crossings in Sunnyvale and two in Mountain View.
Construction on the Palo Alto crossings will be performed Sunday (starting Jan. 2) through Thursday between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. and will only occur at two intersections at a time, according to the VTA.
Palo Alto officials warn residents to expect single-lane closures in each direction during construction, which is expected to take about three months at each crossing. Work will only occur at two intersections at a time, the city announced.
According to the city's tentative construction schedule, construction at Charleston Road will take place from Jan. 2 to March 13; at East Meadow Drive from Jan. 16 to March 27; at Churchill Avene from March 6 to May 15; and at Alma Street from April 3 to June 12.