As California's drought persists, Palo Alto is preparing to leave open an undercrossing at Adobe Creek that normally gets shut down this time of the year because of flooding.
The undercrossing, which traverses U.S. Highway 101 and connects south Palo Alto to the Baylands, is typically open only from April 15 to Oct. 15. With rain particularly light this year, the path will remain open beyond the usual shut-down date, the city announced.
"The City has opted to leave it open for now as long as there is no rainfall or no rainfall forecasted over 1/2 inch," the city's announcement stated. "However, the undercrossing may be closed at any time without notice."
The undercrossing is currently one of very few options that bicyclists and pedestrians in the southern half of the city have for crossing the highway. To improve the situation, Palo Alto officials hope to build a bike bridge that would span the highway.
The new bridge, which has an estimated price tag of about $10 million, is one of the more recent additions to the city's list of infrastructure priorities. Last month, the council approved a design competition for the new bridge, which is also one of the main components of the city's recently adopted bicycle and pedestrian master plan.