Palo Alto police are advising drivers to build extra time into any nighttime travel that would take them on the Embarcadero Road underpass at Alma Street in Palo Alto. The road will be closed from Emerson Street to El Camino Real overnight for eight nights starting Monday, Nov. 28, for road maintenance and cleaning.
The road and pedestrian walkways will be closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. from Monday, Nov. 28, to Thursday, Dec. 1, and again on the nights of Dec. 5-8. Detours will be in place.
The closure will allow the city's Public Works Department to address a "dirty and unsightly problem" — accumulated bird feces from the hundreds of pigeons who live in the I-beams underneath the Caltrain stacks, according to a city press release.
"Due to the continual maintenance cleanup costs associated with this, the Public Works Department will be installing bird netting during the closure period to deter the birds from roosting in the structure," the release states.
The underpass must be closed so that crews can safely work in and around the roadway. Workers are "striving to keep the noise impact as minimal as possible," the city said.
Police advise those who typically use that route at night to allow extra time to detour down University Avenue or Churchill Avenue, or to take an alternate route.
Anyone with questions or concerns about the project can contact city project manager Todd Seeley at 650-496-5945 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.