August 2011-September 2013
One of the first steps in the effort to expand Packard Children's Hospital and rebuild Stanford Hospital includes utility work and surface improvements. The Welch Road Utility Project includes: replacing utility services and information technology infrastructure along Welch and Quarry Roads to serve the new hospital facilities once they are built; the widening of Welch Road; replacement of sidewalks, curbs and gutters; planting of new street trees and installation of planted medians and street lighting.
Note: Access to the Emergency Room will be maintained at all times.
This week's activities:
What to expect this weekend (5/19-5/20)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7am - 3:30 pm; night work on 5/20 beginning at 8 pm until 5 am on Monday 5/21.
Work will occur on Saturday, 5/19 on the south side of the Blake Wilbur walkway near 1101 Welch Road to prepare for the future Ambulance Drive. No egress will be affected at this time.
The City of Palo Alto will be also on site on Saturday at 7 am to perform a gas line connection in front of 777 Welch in the public right of way. This work will not require a shutdown. Access in and out of the building will be maintained at all times.
On Sunday, 5/20, water utility work will continue near the AMC in Blake Wilbur Drive. This work will be performed at night and will require some traffic changes between 8 pm-5 am. Some noise is anticipated from saw-cutting, jack hammering and backhoe equipment. The Marguerite shuttle will maintain service to Blake Wilbur Drive. This work is anticipated to be completed in the next couple of weeks.
Weekday work (5/21-5/25)
Hours of Construction Activity: 7am - 3:30 pm
Welch Rd is now a one-lane, one-way road going West from Quarry to Pasteur Drive. This change will be in effect for two years. We thank you for your patience regarding this significant change and ask that you please adjust your driving route accordingly. South Pasteur Drive is now a two-way two-lane road. North Pasteur Drive is closed between Blake Wilbur Drive and Sand Hill Road.
K-Rail will remain in place on the inboard side of Quarry Rd (between Welch and continuing up to the Quarry Extension near the turn to the Emergency Department) in order to facilitate ongoing utility work. This reduces Quarry to a two lane, two direction road during this time. Access will be maintained to the Emergency Department at all times.
Work will continue to install a new hot water line on Quarry Road. A portion of this work will continue to take place outside of the K-Rail in the Quarry Extension. Access to the Emergency Department will be maintained at all times.
The City of Palo Alto will be onsite to continue pre-switchover electrical work on Welch Road. This work should not impact neighboring properties or the hospitals. The first switchover is scheduled to occur on Thursday, 5/24 in Parking Structure 4. This switchover will also affect the traffic lights at the intersection of Welch and S. Pasteur Drive. Traffic guards will be in place as needed to support this switchover.
Work on the chilled water line will continue on Welch Rd, moving south.
Work to prepare for the replanting of eight trees will occur in the Blake Wilbur lot. Prep work to dig holes for the trees will begin next week. The actual trees will be transported the following week during nighttime hours.
Please be cautious of construction trucks entering the road. Access to the Emergency Room will be maintained at all times.
Night Work (5/21-5/25)
Hours of Construction Activity: 8 pm- 5 am
Water utility work will continue near the AMC in Blake Wilbur Drive. This work will be performed at night and will require some traffic changes between 8 pm-5 am. Some noise is anticipated from saw-cutting, jack hammering and backhoe equipment. The Marguerite shuttle will maintain service to Blake Wilbur Drive. This work is anticipated to be completed in the next couple of weeks.
What to expect next weekend (5/26-5/27)
Hours of Construction Activity: 8 am - 5 pm
No work is scheduled to occur next weekend or on Memorial Day, Monday, 5/28.
Learn more about the Welch Road Utility Project