Emergency roadwork causes heavy traffic on Hwy. 101

Police recommend that drivers avoid area

Commuters have been facing headaches and delays Tuesday, June 30, on northbound U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto due to emergency roadwork, according to the Palo Alto Police Department.

In addition to ongoing San Francisquito Creek Bridge reconstruction, Caltrans has today been repairing a manhole on Highway 101. The emergency work forced the closure of an additional lane, which will remain closed until at least 4 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Northbound East Bayshore between San Antonio and Embarcadero roads is also backed up as well as some of the surrounding side streets. Backups will likely grow during peak commute hours, police said.

Police recommend that commuters avoid the "exceptionally heavy" traffic in the Highway 101 area, including the interchanges at University Avenue, Oregon Expressway and Embarcadero Road Tuesday, and if possible, until after the emergency roadwork is finished.

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7 people like this
Posted by resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 30, 2015 at 4:58 pm

I can't believe the police sent out a cell phone alert to warn people about a traffic jam. How do I take my phone number off this list? I thought it was only for real emergencies like mass murders in progress.

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Posted by Jc
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Jun 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm

Stupid!! Absolutely insane traffic!!! So inconsiderate and stupid! Took me over 2 hours to get to work for 20 miles commute.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 30, 2015 at 5:52 pm

On the contrary, I want the heads up - we have been caught in too many outrageous traffic jams (some of them without clear explanation) - I want info. and appreciate this notification as it prevented my wasting time attempting on the frontage road to get to the post office (other situations have been more significant, but this minor example is for today)
Area roads are suffering as a result of crazy stuff happening on 101 in Palo Alto area.

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 30, 2015 at 6:37 pm

Where was the advance warning? This was posted at 3:44!

Middlefield Road has been a parking lot for the last week, which is odd since the kids aren't in school.

Embarcadero is its regular gridlocked mess even though the kids aren't ion school AND the traffic lights still aren't synchronised.

And the 101 construction is expected to continue until 2017!!

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Posted by Johnny
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 30, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Why are they worried about San Francisquito creek flooding when we're in the middle of a godforsaken drought??

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Posted by Slow Down
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 30, 2015 at 7:44 pm

Slow Down is a registered user.

@Johnny - if you wait for the flooding to start fixing the infrastructure it will be too late. At this rate we'll go through another flood and another drought before all the construction is finished.

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Posted by Bike Commuter
a resident of Ventura
on Jun 30, 2015 at 8:41 pm

Was a great weekend to take public transit!

Our family road Caltrain to SF for Pride events and VTA light rail to the Grateful Dead shows.

Love using Clipper Card.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 1, 2015 at 2:08 am

@Bike, I guess you weren't trying to get on northbound Caltrain #429 on Saturday morning, or northbound #423 on Sunday morning. Twitter said those were packed beyond capacity. I ran into similar for the Giants World Series Parade last fall. New Years Eve is also challenging. Sometimes it's easier to just stay home. Looking forward to Super Bowl mass transit mayhem in seven months. Santa Clara is easy bicycle range, so might be fun to cruise on down Central to Bowers and Great America just to watch the traffic. Agreed that under normal circumstances the Clipper card is great.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2015 at 4:52 am

Thanks for the heads up. Please do this every time traffic is a mess so we can plan accordingly

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