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Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overcrossing Project

Clarke Avenue – Hwy 101 Bicycle/Pedestrian Overcrossing Project
CIP-ST-06-2017; ATPL-5438(017); EA 04-4H3101


Updated November 14, 2018

Purpose and Need
The project supports the City of East Palo Alto General Plan (2016) policy to provide and maintain a circulation system that supports bicycle and pedestrian travel. The pedestrian/bicycle overcrossing would provide connectivity from the residential Woodland community southwest of Highway 101 to the rest of East Palo Alto on the northeastern side of U.S. Highway 101. The project will provide access to shopping and community centers, schools, and the regional trail system.

Project Location
The proposed project is located in East Palo Alto, adjacent to Clark Avenue on the north side of U.S. 101 and Newell Road to the south. The project would cross U.S. Highway 101, approximately 2,100 feet south of the University Avenue overcrossing of U.S. Highway 101, and approximately 4,500 feet north of the Oregon Expressway/Embarcadero Road overcrossing. U.S. Highway 101 in this location is a ten-lane, 160-ft wide highway (recently widened from eight lanes).

Project Description
The project consists of three components: 1) design and construction of a bicycle and pedestrian overcrossing (POC) over U.S. Highway 101 and West and East Bayshore Roads; 2) sidewalk and bikeway signage; and 3) striping improvements along West Bayshore Road and a new West Bayshore Road crossing. The bicycle/pedestrian overcrossing would link neighborhoods, schools, and commercial development on both sides of U.S. Highway 101 in the vicinity of University Avenue. The project will construct a Class I Pedestrian/Bicycle Overcrossing Structure over U.S. Highway 101 to provide a direct connection between the south side and north side of U.S. Highway 101 in East Palo Alto. In addition to the overcrossing, sidewalk and bicycle signage and striping improvements along West Bayshore Road and a new pedestrian crossing of Newell Avenue will be added. The frontage road on the southwest side, West Bayshore, is two lanes, while the frontage road on the northeast side, East Bayshore, is four lanes with a median to the north of the Project site, transitioning to two lanes south of the Project site.

The southern ramp of the alignment will begin on the northern side of West Bayshore Road and will align with the existing sound wall before crossing the highway. The northern ramp of the alignment will have a reverse “S” curve that will border a City-owned parcel and terminate on Clarke Avenue (adjacent to the entrance of Home Depot). The project proposal includes a connection to and crossing of West Bayshore at Newell Road. This crossing would feature a new traffic signal with bike/pedestrian crossing lights and a high-visibility crosswalk. On the northeast side, the overcrossing ramp would bridge East Bayshore Road and connect to Clarke Avenue at an existing sidewalk near a Home Depot delivery entrance. The project includes relocation of the existing pylon sign that is approximately 65 feet tall, from the north side of the East Bayshore Road/Clarke Avenue intersection to the north side of the main driveway entrance to Home Depot, approximately 550 feet to the northwest.  Relocating the existing pylon from the Clarke Avenue intersection with East Bayshore Road to the main Home Depot Driveway will minimize visual impact from Hwy 101 by situating the sign within the confines of the shopping center. A new high- visibility crosswalk is included at the driveway, and a new high-visibility crosswalk with median refuge island is included at the crossing of Clarke Avenue. Clarke Avenue from East Bayshore to Tinsley Street would be signed and marked as a Class III bike route, with bikes sharing the lanes with motor vehicles. New bike lanes would be added from Tinsley Street east to O’Connor Street to complement the existing sidewalks.

Project History/Schedule

  • Selection of project location and alignment – 2012
  • ATP Funding awarded in August 2014
  • CEQA completed in March 2016
  • NEPA completed in August 2016
  • ROW Certification in November 2017
  • Council Approval and RTL February 2017
  • Contract Awarded in July 2017
  • Construction Commence December 2017 to estimated completion June 2019
  • Installation of Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan items
  • Surveying work for bridge foundation work
  • Utility marking of underground utilities
  • Foundation work for relocation of the Shopping Center sign at the corner of Clarke Ave and East Bayshore Road
  • Ground Breaking Ceremony on 11/30/2017
  • Expected project completion: Spring 2019  (Highway 101 Auxiliary (5th) lane is scheduled to open by 3/1/2019)

Upcoming Construction Activities:
  • East side Construction Activities in November - East Bayshore road at Clarke will be closed on Monday night 11/19/2018 from 9PM to 5AM (Tuesday morning) so that crews can remove the steel beams and form work over East Bayshore road.  The traffic will be detoured around the work area to Clarke Ave (NB) and to Donohoe (SB).
  • West side Construction Activities in November - West Bayshore between Clarke & Newell the crews will continue to work on various items such sidewalk removal and replacement and various electrical work.
  • West Bayshore between Clarke and Newell Road to remain closed until April 2019
  • Full Freeway closure to remove the form work over highway 101 is scheduled for Monday Night 11/26/2018 from 11pm to 5am for NB 101 and Wednesday 11/28/2018 from 11pm to 5am for SB 101. Detour is through East Bayshore road.

Construction hours are typically between 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, with exception of any work requiring lane closure on highway 101, or major closures on City streets, which will be done 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM.

For additional information regarding this project, feel free to contact the following:

Saeed Shahmirzai Resident Engineer (650) 450-3507


Additional Information
 
  • EPA Hwy 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overcrossing Feasibility Study
  • EPA Hwy 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overcrossing Presentation to Planning Commission
  • EPA 101 Overcrossing Notice of Intent (amended)
  • EPA 101 Overcrossing Initial Study (amended)
  • EPA 101 Overcrossing IS Appendices (amended)