Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd talks about the upcoming changes to California Avenue during a groundbreaking ceremony for the street's construction on March 17, 2014. Photo by Veronica Weber.
From left, council member Larry Klein, mayor Nancy Shepherd, council members Liz Kniss and Pat Burt, David MacKenzie, president of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce and Terry Shuchat, owner of Keeble & Shuchat Photography pose for the ceremonial groundbreaking of California Avenue on March 17, 2014. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Brad Ehikian takes a peek of a 3-D rendering of the changes to California Avenue through the Owlized digital viewfinder following a groundbreaking ceremony for the street's construction on March 17, 2014. Photo by Veronica Weber.
A peek through the Owlized digital viewfinder displays a 3-D rendering of what California Avenue will look like following construction. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Palo Alto Mayor Nancy Shepherd joined other council members, local residents and dignitaries Monday, March 17, in celebrating the launch of a dramatic and long-awaited streetscape project on California Avenue.
The groundbreaking ceremony took place at 4 p.m. on the 361-71 block of California Avenue, just south of Birch Street.
The project, which will stretch at least until the end of the year, includes the widening of sidewalks, creation of two new plazas near Park Avenue and Birch Street, a new fountain near the Caltrain station, new street furniture, new streetlights and landscape elements and a reduction of lanes from four to two.
The city also plans to replace an old water main under California Avenue.
The City Council approved a $6.9 million contract with Redgwick Construction Company on Feb. 24.