Loud noise to come during San Francisquito Creek Bridge replacement project

Increased noise levels to start Monday, Aug. 17 through Aug. 31

Palo Alto residents and businesses could hear loud, pounding noise as construction crews use pile-driving equipment for the San Francisquito Creek Bridge replacement project, according to the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

The noise is expected to begin on Monday, Aug. 17 through Aug. 31, weekdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the West Bayshore Road Bridge.

Flaggers will be present on West Bayshore to direct vehicles and equipment. In addition to the pile-driving equipment noise, residents might notice mandatory vehicle backup alarms, Caltrans noted in a press release. The schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions or work sequences.

Demolition of the West Bayshore Road Bridge, which crosses the creek, started Aug. 4 and was completed on Aug. 7. Crews removed the sound walls, which will be replaced within the next four months. Preparation work for the pile driving is taking place this week through Friday, Aug. 14.

The $18 million bridge replacement project is expected to be completed in 2017.

More information and updates are available at

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9 people like this
Posted by Tom Purcell
a resident of Mountain View
on Aug 12, 2015 at 2:43 pm

Will the noise be loud enough to drown out the complaints of those of us whose commute will be FUBAR'd for the next three years by this project?

3 people like this
Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm

So East Palo Alto residents won't be able to hear this noise?

1 person likes this
Posted by Reader
a resident of another community
on Aug 12, 2015 at 5:40 pm

@Tom Purcell:

Sadly, no.

4 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 12, 2015 at 8:13 pm

"Can't they get a bunch of workers to do it by hand, so that it would be quieter!"
If I had a nickel, for every time I have heard that statement.......

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