One of Palo Alto's busiest and most dangerous crossings got a little safer this week when the construction workers completed a host of renovations to the intersection El Camino Real and Stanford Avenue.
The prominent intersection received a major facelift this year, including colored crosswalks, new traffic signals and an enlarged pedestrian median. The "porkchop" island at the northwest corner of the intersection has also been eliminated in a move transportation officials hope will slow down automobile traffic in the busy corridor that serves students of Stanford University and Escondido Elementary School.
The $1.3 million project, which kicked off in February, was funded largely by a grant from the state Department of Transportation.
The city plans to commemorate the intersection with a special ceremony Wednesday afternoon. Between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m., Mayor Sid Espinosa will join Escondido students in crossing the renovated intersection. Starbucks will provide refreshments.