Navigate Up
Menu + Public Affairs
Home > News Releases

Traffic Signal Upgrades to Begin on Oregon Expressway

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.This month, the County of Santa Clara Roads & Airports Department will begin a construction project on Oregon Expressway between Alma Street and Highway 101. The project will include many needed road upgrades and traffic signal improvements along Oregon Expressway, including long-desired modifications to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act. It is expected that the project will be completed by February 2014.
 
The traffic signal reconstruction will occur at every signalized intersections along Oregon Expressway, and a new traffic signal will be constructed at Ross Road. Sidewalk, crosswalk and accessibility improvements and street repairs will take place on Oregon Expressway and adjacent streets. At completion, commuters can expect improved coordination of the lights on Oregon Expressway, safer pedestrian crossings, and wider bicycle lanes.
 
During the construction, commuters should expect temporary delays due to lane closures. During weekday work hours, one lane may be closed, but all lanes will be open from 6:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Some sidewalk and intersection pedestrian ramps will also be temporarily closed. Check the project link: www.oregonexpressway.info for two-week look-ahead schedule, updated weekly.
 
Total cost of the project is approximately $4.6 million, funded by federal government ($3.2 million secured by Congresswoman Anna Eshoo), County of Santa Clara, City of Palo Alto, and voter-approved measures including Measure B and Prop 1B.  
 
Background
The current traffic signals were constructed in 1964, when Oregon Expressway was originally constructed. From 2008-2009, an extensive public outreach was carried out, including several community meetings and input from City of Palo Alto staff. A final concept plan was approved by the County Board of Supervisors and Palo Alto City Council in 2012.
 
Media Contact: Dan Collen, Roads and Airports (408) 573-2492 / (408) 640-8753
Posted: July 19, 2013