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Traffic and Trail Impacts


From time to time our construction and maintenance projects require temporary road or lane closures, trail closures or similar impacts to vehicular or pedestrian traffic. Current and planned impacts will be noticed here.

Current Trail Impacts


Temporary trail closure along Adobe Creek Loop Trail

The water district will perform soil sampling to collect data for a new tide gate structure. The existing Palo Alto Flood Basin tide gate has suffered structural damage due to more than 50 years of aging. The project location is approximately half a mile northeast of the Byxbee Park parking lot on the Adobe Creek Loop Trail.

Due to heavy equipment operation on the levee for geotechnical exploration, the trail will be closed for public safety from Sept. 4 through Sept. 5. The trail will be closed approximately 100-feet from each end of the tide gate structure and will need to remain closed until Sept. 6. 

For questions about this project, please contact: Public Information Representative Tony Mercado at 408-630-2342 or via email at [email protected].


Stevens Creek Trail is Now Open

The Stevens Creek Trail in Mountain View is now open to the public for recreational use. The water district repaired a 140-foot section of an eroded bank, which was necessary in order to prevent further erosion to the creek bank and to the pedestrian and bike trail.

The creek bank was damaged during last year’s storms, which resulted in a gap along the trail. The district Board declared the damage an emergency, which prompted immediate action to conduct erosion repair.

For questions about this project, please contact Project Manager Kevin Sibley at 408-630-3141 or via email at [email protected].

Rancho San Antonio County Park: Hammond-Snyder loop trial temporary closure

The Hammond-Snyder loop trail is currently closed from the South Meadow Parking Lot to the area that loops around the Gate of Heaven Cemetery towards the edge of the cemetery at Canyon Oak Way. The trail will remain closed through the completion of the project at the end of 2019.  

The Rancho San Antonio County Park detention basin is part of the larger Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project. When completed, the project will provide natural flood protection for at least 2,200 properties in Mountain View and Los Altos, create recreational opportunities and enhance the environment. The construction at Rancho San Antonio includes a new detention basin, new parking area with new restrooms, enhanced habitat and planting new native trees. The parking lot and restrooms where complete this past summer.

For questions about this project, please contact: Public Information Representative Jose Villarreal at 408-630-2879 or via email at [email protected]

Coyote Creek Trail - As of Friday, October 12, 2018 the project is complete and the trails are open

Portions of the Coyote Trail upstream and downstream of Highway 237 which were closed for construction but are now open.

San Francisquito Creek Trail - Bay to Highway 101 Project in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto

Trails and Friendship Bridge are now re-opened

While trails are now re-opened, please keep in mind that some finishing touches to the trails and adjacent areas will be addressed after January 1, 2019. Some work may necessitate temporary closures of certain portions of trails in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto. Upcoming changes will be noted on this site and via project update emails. Sign up for project update notices.

Palo Alto trails:

  • East Bayshore Road to Geng Road: Re-opened
  • Geng Road to Friendship Bridge: Re-opened
  • Friendship Bridge to the Bay: Re-opened

East Palo Alto trails:

  • East Bayshore Road to Verbena Drive: Re-opened
  • Verbena Drive to Friendship Bridge: Re-opened
  • North of Friendship Bridge: Re-opened 

To receive proactive emails on this project, please sign up at Access Valley Water. For any further questions, contact Hope Abe at (408)630-3063 or at [email protected]

Current Traffic Impacts

Morgan Hill: Main Avenue and Madrone Pipeline Restoration Project: Construction January 2019 - July 2019

The Santa Clara Valley Water District is in construction on the Main Avenue and Madrone Pipeline Restoration Project in Morgan Hill. 

The water district completed construction, which includes trenching, installation of pipes, backfilling the trenches and repaving the roads, along Cochrane Road from the Anderson Dam outfall in December 2018. Construction work has also been completed on Half Road and paving on it will be completed in early January. Construction work will now continue on a section of Cochrane Road and East Main Avenue starting the week of January 7 until late July 2019.

Construction hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Public access to residential and commercial properties will be maintained when possible throughout this phase of construction, but anticipate minor delays, pedestrian detours, intermittent road closures, noise and other minor impacts.  When possible, Diana Avenue, Peet Road, Mission View Drive, and Condit Road should be used to bypass construction on Cochrane Road and East Main Avenue.

For more information about this project, please visit the project webpage, or contact Albert Le at 408-630-2860 or [email protected].

Mountain View: Mountain View Avenue is now open, Lane Reductions on Park Drive, Miramonte and Mountain View Avenue continue 

Progress on the Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project continues to move ahead, with channel widening work along Permanente and Hale Creeks. The overall Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project will provide natural flood protection for approximately 2,200 properties in Mountain View and Los Altos. Investing in flood protection projects reduces the risk of flooding and keeps communities safe.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District, along with the cities of Mountain View and Los Altos, are working together to minimize construction impacts as much as practical and in accordance with city ordinances.

The Mountain View Avenue culvert, the reinforced concrete structure that allows Hale Creek water to flow under Mountain View Avenue, was recently replaced to accommodate waters from a 100-year flood. The detour is no longer in place and the street is now open for vehicle use.

McKelvey Park Lane and Sidewalk Closures

Expect sidewalk, driveway and median work to occur on sections of Mountain View Ave., Park Dr., and Miramonte Ave., that surround McKelvey Park. The work will include intermittent lane reductions and closed sidewalks and driveways through mid-November 2018. During lane reductions, Miramonte Ave. will reopen by 3:00 p.m. with Park Dr. and Mountain View Ave. reopening by 4:00 p.m.

For your safety, please follow all traffic control and other signage around the project site.

To learn more about this project, visit the Permanente Creek Flood Protection Project webpage or contact Jose Villarreal at [email protected] or 408-755-0333.