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Archived News Release from 2003

For Immediate Release

Update on Culvert Relocation Project in Downtown Redwood City

Redwood City, CA - June 18, 2003 – To prepare for construction of the City’s underground garage, and ultimately the downtown retail/cinema project, Redwood City has been in the process of relocating an underground storm water culvert through the Main Street parking lot, and across Jefferson Avenue and Middlefield Road (which has been closed to through-traffic for the last month). The City's engineering and construction division is pleased to report that the culvert work is proceeding on schedule, and that Middlefield Road will be re-opened for the annual 4th of July parade and carnival.

Following the 4th of July, Middlefield Road will remain open to traffic for a limited period of time, after which it will again be closed, this time for the duration of the approximately two-year construction of the entire retail/cinema project in the block bordered by Middlefield, Jefferson, and Broadway.

Most of the construction in the Main Street parking lot behind City Hall and the Post Office is expected to be completed by July 2, 2003, at which time most of the lot will be re-opened for use. The alley between City Hall and the Post Office will remain closed, and a small area in the Main Street lot near Broadway will remain barricaded where the future tie-in will be completed in the fall.

As the culvert relocation work continues during July and August, there will be frequent lane closures in both directions of Jefferson Avenue near the Post Office, just east of Middlefield Road. Motorists are urged to use extra caution when driving in this area, and be aware of detours, directional signage, and changes in the roadway. PG&E and SBC will also be working in this area as they relocate their utilities.

During these large-scale construction projects, the City asks drivers and businesses in the affected area for their patience and understanding, and apologizes for any inconvenience that may occur. For information and answers to questions about this project, messages may be left on the City's question line at 650-780-7563 or email sent to
culvert-relocation@redwoodcity.org.

Visit Redwood City's website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, City government, and local business.

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Contact: Brian Lee
Senior Civil Engineer
650-780-7391



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