City: University Avenue will be partly closed Saturday, early next week

Palo Alto Utilities set to install sewer lateral followed by restoration work

Motorists planning to travel through downtown Palo Alto in the coming days can expect detours as a result of roadwork, city staff announced Thursday.

Although construction for the Upgrade Downtown Project is finished, Palo Alto Utilities will be doing work related to a development project at 425 and 429 University Ave., which includes excavating a trench in front of 425 University Ave. to install a sewer lateral.

Developer Elizabeth Wong plans to build a four-story mixed-use building at 429 University Ave., a project the City Council approved in December.

Crews will be working in the 400 block of University Avenue between Kipling and Waverley streets this Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, officials said.

One block of University Avenue will be closed to through traffic between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday. As a result, eastbound and westbound traffic will be detoured through Kipling and Waverley onto Lytton and Hamilton avenues.

"This traffic control plan is designed for the safety of motorists, pedestrians and cyclists and to minimize congestion around the construction site," staff said in a statement.

On Monday and Tuesday, the same block of University will be partially closed as workers complete restoration work between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians as well as access to businesses and utility services will not be affected; however, parking will be prohibited on the block of University between Kipling and Waverley. "No Parking" signs will be posted in the area 72 hours ahead of the scheduled work.

For more information about the project, call the Utilities Department at 650-329-2344 (2DIG).

Construction hours:

• Saturday, April 20: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (sewer lateral installation)

• Monday, April 22: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (concrete restoration – curb/gutter)

• Tuesday, April 23: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (asphalt restoration – street pavement)


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