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City, Caltrans postpone overnight closures for U.S. Highway 101 bridge project

Crews were scheduled to install steel segments

Construction crews plan to install steel segments for a new U.S. Highway 101 overcrossing in Palo Alto. Courtesy Saeed Shahmirzai, construction management consultant for the city of Palo Alto.

Overnight lane closures originally scheduled for Thursday through Sunday as part of construction related to a new pedestrian and bike bridge that will cross over U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto have been pushed back until further notice.

The delay is in part "the result of a technical transport/permitting issue," the city said in a press release Wednesday.

All of the work was weather dependent. While seasonably cool and mostly dry conditions will persist through midweek, a series of fast-moving weather systems will bring periods of precipitation to the region beginning Thursday late afternoon and continuing into early next week, according to the National Weather Service.

The city planned to close West Bayshore Road from Thursday night to early Friday morning and again on Friday night through early Saturday morning to install steel sections that are each about 100 feet long and weigh 66,000 pounds.

Caltrans intended to implement a full closure of U.S. Highway 101 this weekend. The northbound and southbound sides of the highway were scheduled to be closed between San Antonio and Embarcadero roads from Saturday night into early Sunday. Caltrans crews planned to start reducing lanes at 8 p.m., Saturday, and completely close all lanes Sunday from 1:30 a.m. to 6 a.m.

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During that time, crews were scheduled to safely erect the final steel segment for the overcrossing, which is 107 feet long and 71,000 pounds.

The overcrossing at Adobe Creek will replace the existing seasonal Benjamin Lefkowitz Underpass that has to close seasonally due to flooding. For more information about the overcrossing project, visit cityofpaloalto.org.

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City, Caltrans postpone overnight closures for U.S. Highway 101 bridge project

Crews were scheduled to install steel segments

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Tue, Feb 9, 2021, 3:31 pm
Updated: Wed, Feb 10, 2021, 2:01 pm

Overnight lane closures originally scheduled for Thursday through Sunday as part of construction related to a new pedestrian and bike bridge that will cross over U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto have been pushed back until further notice.

The delay is in part "the result of a technical transport/permitting issue," the city said in a press release Wednesday.

All of the work was weather dependent. While seasonably cool and mostly dry conditions will persist through midweek, a series of fast-moving weather systems will bring periods of precipitation to the region beginning Thursday late afternoon and continuing into early next week, according to the National Weather Service.

The city planned to close West Bayshore Road from Thursday night to early Friday morning and again on Friday night through early Saturday morning to install steel sections that are each about 100 feet long and weigh 66,000 pounds.

Caltrans intended to implement a full closure of U.S. Highway 101 this weekend. The northbound and southbound sides of the highway were scheduled to be closed between San Antonio and Embarcadero roads from Saturday night into early Sunday. Caltrans crews planned to start reducing lanes at 8 p.m., Saturday, and completely close all lanes Sunday from 1:30 a.m. to 6 a.m.

During that time, crews were scheduled to safely erect the final steel segment for the overcrossing, which is 107 feet long and 71,000 pounds.

The overcrossing at Adobe Creek will replace the existing seasonal Benjamin Lefkowitz Underpass that has to close seasonally due to flooding. For more information about the overcrossing project, visit cityofpaloalto.org.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

Comments

Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2021 at 3:59 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 9, 2021 at 3:59 pm

Thank you for this information. I suspect there will still be those who are taken by surprise by the closure.

What is really important, is whether this project is back on target and whether the bridge will open on time. The tunnel being closed has been problematic particularly with difficulties in finding parking in the Baylands on warm weekends.


KOhlson
Registered user
Old Palo Alto
on Feb 9, 2021 at 7:37 pm
KOhlson, Old Palo Alto
Registered user
on Feb 9, 2021 at 7:37 pm

Isn't the underpass open only seasonally? That is, I believe it's closed every year until mid-April.


Carl Jones
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Palo Verde
on Feb 19, 2021 at 4:54 pm
Carl Jones, Palo Verde
Registered user
on Feb 19, 2021 at 4:54 pm

It as been 10 days since this article and I have still seen no word from the City as to what happened. Nothing said about what permit was not obtained nor whose responsibility it was to obtain it. And no word yet about how long it will be before it is rescheduled. Why isn't that information forthcoming? Can The Weekly please get it pried loose?


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