One of Palo Alto's busiest and most dangerous intersections will soon be equipped with larger sidewalks, new signs and bulbouts and a pedestrian island in the middle of the crosswalk.
The city's effort to add a host of streetscape improvements to the intersection of El Camino Real and Stanford Avenue will kick off next month, when construction workers break ground. The City Council, the Planning and Transportation Commission and Architectural Review Board all approved the project in early 2010.
The project, which is funded by a $1.3 million federal transportation grant, will affect all four corners of the intersection and includes larger sidewalks, and new seats, trees, benches and lighting fixtures. The "pork chop" island on El Camino Real would be eliminated while a pedestrian refuge would be installed in the middle of the crosswalk.
The goal is to slow traffic down and make the intersection safer and more attractive for pedestrians and bicyclists.
City Manager James Keene said at last week's City Council meeting that the city's contractor will begin to place signs notifying the public about the construction in early March. The project will include lane closures at night.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in October, Keene said.