After a year of road closures and construction, Palo Alto plans to mark a "grand reopening" of its downtown with a Tuesday celebration.
The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. in the heart of downtown at Lytton Plaza. Mayor Eric Filseth and City Manager Ed Shikada will partake in the celebration, which will also include music and refreshments.
Known as "Upgrade Downtown," the project began in the spring of 2018 and included the installation of traffic poles and directional signs, widened sidewalks, new space for bike parking and upgrade of gas pipes, water lines and fiber cables. The bulk of the construction was centered on University Avenue, according to Palo Alto Utilities Communications Manager Catherine Elvert, but some of the work also seeped into the adjacent streets.
The purpose of the celebration, Elvert said, is to acknowledge the businesses on University Avenue that were affected by construction as well as their patrons.
"We recognize that no construction project is ever convenient, so we wanted to show appreciation for the patience everyone has shown," Elvert said.
The event is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. at Lytton Plaza, at University Avenue and Emerson Street. For more information on the project, visit upgradedowntownpa.com.