Project Background

Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass Project

The City of East Palo Alto is studying the feasibility, cost, and preferred location for a pedestrian/bicycle overpass of Highway 101.  A pedestrian/bicycle overpass of Highway 101 has long been an identified need for the City of East Palo Alto, being called for in the City’s Bay Access Master Plan, the East Palo Alto Capital Improvements Plan, and the City’s Bicycle Transportation Plan.  You can read more about these two plans (and download the plans yourself) at our Documents Page.

You can also read our introductory message for the East Palo Alto 101 website.

A “Game-Changing” Link

Creating a dedicated pedestrian/bicycle overpass of Highway 101 will connect the large commercial and service centers on the east side of Highway 101 with the high density housing, future potential open space amenities, and commuter destinations in the Woodlands Community Neighborhood on the west side of Highway 101.  Providing a safe, convenient connection for bicyclists and pedestrians in this area can provide a transformative effect on access to work, school, recreation, shopping, and services for all of East Palo Alto’s residents.

If you’re not convinced, take a look at this video, showing the current conditions for bicyclists and pedestrians who want to get across Highway 101 today.

Studying a Range of Options

There are two primary sites for an overpass which have previously been identified by the City of East Palo Alto.  These two locations are at:

  1. Connecting Clarke Avenue on the north side of Highway 101 to Newell Road on the south side of Highway 101
  2. Connecting Euclid Avenue with a pedestrian/bicyclist overpass, just west of the existing University Avenue overpass

In addition to these two locations, the project team will provide preliminary study of other possible crossing locations. The image below shows all the locations the study will consider (gray), with the Clarke Avene & Euclid Avenue primary options highlighted (yellow).

The project team will study how these proposed crossings interact with other existing crossings of Highway 101, crossings of the adjacent San Francisquito Creek, potential or suggested routes to school, the locations of community health facilities, transit stops, and planned expansions of the East Palo Alto bicycle network and Bay Trail network.

With public input, design expertise, and thorough research and analyisis, the feasibility and cost of a community preferred alternative will be determined.  This information will allow City Staff and the City Council to make well-informed decisions regarding the construction of a possible pedestrian/bicycle overpass.

More to Come

As the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bicycle Overpass project continues, more information will be shared on this website as it becomes available for public circulation.