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101 closure back on again this weekend to install new bridge

Detours will be set up around construction site and through Palo Alto, Mountain View

After multiple delays, the new bicycle-pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto is scheduled to go up this weekend, which will require a segment of the freeway to gradually close down from Saturday night through Sunday morning.

Caltrans crews will start closing lanes on Highway 101 in the area between San Antonio and Embarcadero roads beginning Saturday at 8 p.m. All northbound and southbound lanes will be blocked on Sunday from 1:30-6 a.m. Traffic will be allowed on some lanes from 6-11 a.m., after which point the full freeway will reopen.

Detours will be set up in both the northbound and southbound directions of the freeway. A map of the detours can be found below and at cityofpaloalto.org.

No local streets will be blocked during the bridge installation work, according to the city.

The middle, prefabricated steel span of the bridge was rescheduled for installation this weekend after transport issues prevented that section of the bridge from getting to Palo Alto in time for the work, which had been previously been set for June 5-6. Late last week, haulers had issues with "maneuvering the oversized load" about 100 miles away from Palo Alto, preventing the span from reaching the work site, according to the city.

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The bridge installation work was also postponed in February and in late May, just before the Memorial Day weekend. Construction began in January 2020 and is expected to be completed this summer.

The nearly $23 million structure will provide bicyclists and pedestrians a connection from south Palo Alto to the Baylands, replacing the Benjamin Lefkowitz Underpass, which is only open on a seasonal basis due to flooding. More information on the project can be found at cityofpaloalto.org.

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101 closure back on again this weekend to install new bridge

Detours will be set up around construction site and through Palo Alto, Mountain View

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Jun 11, 2021, 9:38 am

After multiple delays, the new bicycle-pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto is scheduled to go up this weekend, which will require a segment of the freeway to gradually close down from Saturday night through Sunday morning.

Caltrans crews will start closing lanes on Highway 101 in the area between San Antonio and Embarcadero roads beginning Saturday at 8 p.m. All northbound and southbound lanes will be blocked on Sunday from 1:30-6 a.m. Traffic will be allowed on some lanes from 6-11 a.m., after which point the full freeway will reopen.

Detours will be set up in both the northbound and southbound directions of the freeway. A map of the detours can be found below and at cityofpaloalto.org.

No local streets will be blocked during the bridge installation work, according to the city.

The middle, prefabricated steel span of the bridge was rescheduled for installation this weekend after transport issues prevented that section of the bridge from getting to Palo Alto in time for the work, which had been previously been set for June 5-6. Late last week, haulers had issues with "maneuvering the oversized load" about 100 miles away from Palo Alto, preventing the span from reaching the work site, according to the city.

The bridge installation work was also postponed in February and in late May, just before the Memorial Day weekend. Construction began in January 2020 and is expected to be completed this summer.

The nearly $23 million structure will provide bicyclists and pedestrians a connection from south Palo Alto to the Baylands, replacing the Benjamin Lefkowitz Underpass, which is only open on a seasonal basis due to flooding. More information on the project can be found at cityofpaloalto.org.

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Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 12, 2021 at 4:48 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Jun 12, 2021 at 4:48 pm

Does any of this mean a delay in opening that bridge?

The tunnel is very much missed at present.


john_alderman
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Crescent Park
on Jun 13, 2021 at 9:01 am
john_alderman, Crescent Park
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on Jun 13, 2021 at 9:01 am

The glorious signature bridge, the gateway to Palo Alto (Process) has finally arrived. Let us all congratulate ourselves on the beautiful design, and the process that made this happen.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 13, 2021 at 3:59 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Jun 13, 2021 at 3:59 pm

If you want to see a beautiful design then go down highway 85 at the junction of 280. As you go onto to 280 going to San Jose you go under a white foot and bicycle bridge.

Amazing how that went up with no notice or controversy.


Buford Lange
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University South
on Jun 13, 2021 at 5:28 pm
Buford Lange, University South
Registered user
on Jun 13, 2021 at 5:28 pm

An oversized tube design would also suffice and add some uniqueness.

Picture something that resembles a large corrugated metal heater vent hose spanning across 101 and elevated with steel supports.

There's no need for bicyclists and pedestrians to catch a refreshing view of freeway traffic anyway.

There could even be two of them situated close together for either one-way direction or a pedestrian-bike tunnel only.


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