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Palm Drive reconstruction work to begin July 11

STANFORD -- The reconstruction of Stanford University's Palm Drive is scheduled to begin on the morning of Monday, July 11. The work is expected to continue through mid-September, causing detours for some motorists.

From July 11 to September 15, Palm Drive will be completely closed between Arboretum Road and the Oval to accommodate construction crews and an accelerated work schedule, said Michael Kuntz, project manager for the university. In addition, the section of Palm Drive that is most used, from El Camino Real to Arboretum, will be reduced to one lane in each direction starting Wednesday, July 13.

The El Camino-to-Arboretum section will remain open for the duration of the project, but traffic will be routed around construction areas and is subject to delays.

For that reason, people headed from Palo Alto to the Stanford campus are advised to take alternate routes, such as Serra Street, Galvez Street or Quarry Road (off El Camino Real at the Stanford Shopping Center).

While Palm Drive reconstruction work is under way, bollards and other barricades on Serra Street will be removed, so that cars can transverse campus more easily. Bicycle and pedestrian traffic will be directed to Lasuen Street or Quarry Road via Palo Road. (Maps with suggested alternate routes for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians are printed on the reverse of this release.)

During construction, cross traffic will be maintained at Roth, Campus Drive and Arboretum. Motorists may experience delays at those intersections. In addition, Palo Road, which leads from Palm Drive to the Hoover Pavilion, will be closed. Access to the Hoover Pavilion and the Arboretum child care facility will be from Quarry Road.

The 3,750-foot-long section of Palm Drive will be completely reconstructed, Kuntz said. Besides repaving the century-old horse-and- buggy boulevard to modern standards, a granite curb and slotted drain will be installed. About 16 palm trees will be replaced, and the two-barrel Campus Drive intersection will be replaced with a standard four-way intersection.

The repaving is being done by contractor PAVEX, a division of Granite Rock Company. While the roadwork should be done by September 15, landscaping and other related work will continue through Halloween.



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