Completed during August 22-26
  • Continued laying storm drain pipe, working from State Street towards Parking Plaza North– 130 ft of trench excavated, new pipe laid down and backfilled
  • Continued excavation of dirt below street level in preparation for the new sub-base and asphalt top of the new streets—85% completed
  • Gas trench dug to connect First Street line to the main in the Central Parking Plaza
  • Exploratory digging around the two sewer manholes in the First & Main intersection
  • Begin trenching and laying of new electrical & irrigation lines along First Street
  • Tree stumps ground and removed (Friday)
Unexpected Finds
  • Several re-engineering solutions were required this week– impacting the work pace for two days. An old sewer manhole and grading elevations were the primary issues
  • Adding weekend work for the next two weeks will make-up for the two slow work days
Scheduled for August 27-September 2
  • Begin working Saturdays (and also Sunday this weekend) to keep project on schedule
  • Remove the two sewer manholes in the First & Main intersection and replace with new lower covers and cones
  • Remove existing concrete cap & install new fortified, deeper concrete cap on main water line
  • Finish grading and compacting of road bed in First and Main intersection
  • Begin installing Geo-fabric and base rock for the new road bed
  • Continue excavation of below grade dirt for street sub-base along First Street
  • Finish excavation of new storm drain trench and laying storm drain pipe, working from Safeway towards Parking Plaza North
  • Begin saw cutting First Street sidewalk from State Street to the North Plaza for irrigation & electrical lines
Traffic Update
  • Temporary lane closure on First Street between State and Parking Plaza North will continue with flaggers during work hours
  • Unrelated to the First Street Project– the intersection of State & Third Streets will be closed Sunday, Aug 28 for sandblasting from 6am-11pm
Outreach Updates
  • Annie’s Downtown Get Around Guide with driving routes & parking lots posted on the First Street Website
 
 
Completed during August 15-19
  • Continued laying storm drain pipe, working from State Street towards Parking Plaza North– 80 ft of trench excavated, new pipe laid down and backfilled.
  • Continued excavation of dirt below street level in preparation for the new sub-base and asphalt top of the new streets—70% completed
  • Continued creating concrete forms for the curbs and gutters. Rebar has been installed in the Main St/First intersection gutter forms
  • Poured the three concrete color samples for preparation and color approval. Test pours are curing for sandblasting and color review next week
  • Finished tree removals
Scheduled for the week of August 22-26
  • Grind out stumps
  • Continue excavation of below grade dirt for street sub-base
  • Continue creating forms for new curbs and gutters
  • Following color approval, begin pouring concrete for new curbs and gutters
  • Continue excavation of new storm drain trench
  • Continue  laying storm drain pipe, working from State Street towards Parking Plaza North
  • Continue in-progress surveying needed throughout the project
Traffic Update
  • Temporary lane closure on First Street between State and Parking Plaza North will continue with flaggers during work hours
  • The  Safeway parking lot entrance  directly off of State Street is reopened t0 pedestrians and cars.
Outreach Updates
  • Apricot Annie’s  business promotion ads continued in the Los Altos Town Crier and Palo Alto Daily News
  • Apricot Annie visited the weekly meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos If your service club is interested in a visit from Annie, please call 947.2889

 
 
Completed during the week of August 8-12
  • Installed straw waddles and protective fencing around London Plane  trees  to protect them during construction
  • Filled & compacted all new gas trenches (backfilled)
  • Cut asphalt and began trenching for new storm drain line between State Street & Parking Plaza North on First Street
  • Continued excavation of dirt below street level in preparation for the new sub-base and asphalt top of the new streets
  • Installed two new curb inlets for collecting rain water into the storm drain system
  • Poured foundation for the first of the two new storm drain manholes
  • Installed electrical conduit for the eight new traffic signal poles
  • 100% of all the old electrical wiring has been sorted for re-use and/or recycling
  • Continued creating concrete forms for the curbs and gutters. These are created through work with a “Smart Level” that assists the worker in setting the correct slop for the gutters to ensures run off water drains at the correct rate and into the correct place
  •  Installed initial pipes of new storm drain sections adjacent to the manholes
  • The traffic sign light manufacturer reported that the new eight new signal poles and lights are 90% completed and on time
Scheduled for the week of August 15-19
  • Continue excavation of below grade dirt for street sub-base
  • Continue creating forms for new curbs and gutters
  • Pour concrete test samples of curb and gutter colors to ensure matching with the rest of downtown
  • Following color approval, begin pouring concrete for new curbs and gutters
  • Continue excavation of new storm drain trench
  • Continue  laying storm drain pipe, working from State Street towards Parking Plaza North
  • Begin limited night work on water lines to prevent water service interruption during business hours (no residences will be impacted)
  • Continue in-progress surveying needed throughout the project
  • Begin tree removals
Traffic Update
  • Temporary lane closure on First Street between State and Parking Plaza North will continue with flaggers during work hours
Unexpected Finds - Surprises
  • No new surprises this week!
Outreach Updates
  • Apricot Annie’s  first business promotion ads and suggested travel routes were published in the Los Altos Town Crier and Palo Alto Daily News
  • Installed two new 20 minute parking spaces in Parking Plaza Central to assist customers making quick pick-ups and drop-offs
 
 
Completed this week:
• 90% of the curbs & gutters within the project area have been removed
• 100% of the old electrical conduit along First Street has been removed
• Installed temporary street lights along First Street and the start of State Street (these will be removed when the new street lights are installed)
• The City Council approved a design change that saves two mature London Plane trees  in front of Skip’s Pizza on First Street
• City Council also approved design changes to the sidewalk paving and a new benchwall along First Street near State Street
• Installed new gas line along First Street using new earthquake-safe flexible gas piping
• Removed the unexpected concrete slap in the center of the First & Main intersection
• Installed fabric blocks on top of all storm drain catch-basins to prevent any construction debris getting into the drain and ultimately the creek
• Hauled 100% of all concrete & asphalt debris demolished away for recycling
• Prepared the curb & gutter areas for placing the concrete molds next week

Scheduled for the week of August 8-12
• Create concrete molds (formwork) for new curb and gutter installation
• Pour new concrete for curbs & gutters adjacent to First & Main intersection area
• Fill-in & compact all gas trenches (backfill)
• Dig new sewer trench
• Remove trees as determined by revised plan
• Install straw waddles and fencing around remaining trees to protect them during construction
• Contractor will begin working on Saturdays for the next few weeks

Traffic Update
• One way traffic on First Street between State & Plaza North 7:00 am to 5:00 pm while trenching.

Unexpected Finds - Surprises
• The concrete cap on top of the new water line may need to be moved deeper underground to prevent interfering with the new road bed. The City Engineer will meet with Cal Water engineers to determine next step

Outreach Updates
• New Apricot Annie parking signs were installed to highlight free parking areas
• Two new signs highlighting access to the Chevron gas station installed
• Revised directional signs for drivers were installed on San Antonio Rd, El Monte Ave, Foothill Expressway
• More permanent Downtown directional signs installed
• Sidewalk A-frames directing walkers to businesses along First Street installed
• Apricot Annie continued meeting with community groups to ask for input and provide updates. If your group is interested in a visit from Annie, please email Beverly at btucker@losaltosca.gov