Welch Road in Palo Alto is being converted to a one-way, one-lane road between Quarry Road and Pasteur Drive beginning Tuesday evening (Oct. 18). The change is being made due to the massive Stanford University Medical Center Renewal Project and will be in effect for two years, according to a press release.
Crews placed plastic traffic delineators on Welch at 6 p.m. "in order to begin the traffic patterns change," the release states. The road change was fully implemented Wednesday (Oct. 19), and concrete barriers will replace the plastic delineators on Nov. 7.
Construction work along Welch will include widening of the road, planting of new trees, replacement of utility services, and installation of planted medians and street lighting.
"The Welch Road Utility Improvement Project is a major milestone for our plans to increase our capacity to care for children and expectant mothers," Christy Sandborg, chief of staff at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, stated in a release.
"The changes to Welch Road lay the groundwork for our upcoming expansion, and mark another big step in providing our community with a more modern, family-centered, and environmentally sustainable hospital environment for our patients," she wrote.
For more information about the project, visit stanfordpackard.org.