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New 101 bridge project to progress with concrete work this weekend

Job will require closures of West Bayshore and East Bayshore roads

After years of planning, a bike and pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 101 in Palo Alto was installed June 12 and 13, 2021, paving the way for the public to start using the new structure this summer. Photo by Gennady Sheyner.

Another set of road closures are scheduled for this weekend to accommodate work on the new U.S. Highway 101 bridge at Adobe Creek.

A city contractor is set to pour concrete over the steel trestles at West Bayshore and East Bayshore roads and the freeway, the city announced this week. The first closure will be on West Bayshore Road between Loma Verde Avenue and East Meadow Drive from Friday at 8 p.m. through Saturday at 1 a.m. It will be followed by the closure of East Bayshore Road between San Antonio and Embarcadero roads on Saturday from 1-6 a.m.

Motorists will be directed around the area through detours, which can be viewed through maps at cityofpaloalto.org.

The bridge has taken shape over the past few months, notably with the installment of the 107-foot middle section in June. The $22.3 million structure is slated to open later this summer, linking the southern end of the city to the Baylands. It will replace the Benjamin Lefkowitz underpass, which is routinely closed because of seasonal flooding.

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New 101 bridge project to progress with concrete work this weekend

Job will require closures of West Bayshore and East Bayshore roads

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Jul 8, 2021, 8:30 am

Another set of road closures are scheduled for this weekend to accommodate work on the new U.S. Highway 101 bridge at Adobe Creek.

A city contractor is set to pour concrete over the steel trestles at West Bayshore and East Bayshore roads and the freeway, the city announced this week. The first closure will be on West Bayshore Road between Loma Verde Avenue and East Meadow Drive from Friday at 8 p.m. through Saturday at 1 a.m. It will be followed by the closure of East Bayshore Road between San Antonio and Embarcadero roads on Saturday from 1-6 a.m.

Motorists will be directed around the area through detours, which can be viewed through maps at cityofpaloalto.org.

The bridge has taken shape over the past few months, notably with the installment of the 107-foot middle section in June. The $22.3 million structure is slated to open later this summer, linking the southern end of the city to the Baylands. It will replace the Benjamin Lefkowitz underpass, which is routinely closed because of seasonal flooding.

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Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2021 at 9:01 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 8, 2021 at 9:01 am

It is good news to see this progress.

The underpass is very sorely missed. Parking is at a premium at the end of San Antonio as those of us who would have used the underpass now drive and there are probably even more using the Baylands since the start of the pandemic than before.

However, I do think there is going to be many who will drive and park nearby to use this bridge for access to the Baylands. I do not for a minute suspect it will be only those from south PA who will use it. Remember the mess at Foothills? I suspect many more parking problems as a result of this new bridge.


Robert Neff
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Midtown
on Jul 8, 2021 at 11:03 pm
Robert Neff , Midtown
Registered user
on Jul 8, 2021 at 11:03 pm

I am looking forward to the annual bike/ped traffic jam to Shoreline, next July 4. Almost as fun as Bike Party.


Consider Your Options.
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 9, 2021 at 9:17 am
Consider Your Options. , Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Jul 9, 2021 at 9:17 am

Ditto that, Robert Neff!!!


Art Liberman
Registered user
Barron Park
on Jul 10, 2021 at 4:20 pm
Art Liberman, Barron Park
Registered user
on Jul 10, 2021 at 4:20 pm

Also, there's a lovely new paved access to the bridge from E. Meadow along Adobe Creek. I wish more of the Palo Alto Bayland trails were paved. The bridge will be a great cycling route to head over to Mt. View's Bayland trails.....not so great for Palo Alto unless you like riding on rutted trails with rough gravel


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