Construction on San Antonio Road from Middlefield Road to the Highway 101 interchange could lead to traffic delays for one year, the City of Palo Alto Public Works Department has announced.
Starting Nov. 28 the city will be installing new landscaping, irrigation, medians, curbs and gutters; repairing uplifted sidewalks and driveways; and repaving streets, according to Elizabeth Ames, Palo Alto Public Works senior engineer.
Removing existing pine trees, which have severely damaged the roadway and sidewalks, will be the project's first step. The tree removal has been the subject of numerous community meetings and public outreach and notices were posted Nov. 14, giving a final 14-day notice of the removal, Ames said.
At least one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction of San Antonio at all times to minimize traffic disruption. Drivers should expect some delays during the construction hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays for approximately one year, Ames said.
The construction is the second part of a two-phase project. The first phase was completed in 2010 and involved similar work on San Antonio Road between Alma Street and Middlefield Road. Prior to the first phase, an environmental assessment was done for the entire corridor. Public outreach took place for all project components, including landscaping design and traffic management, she said.