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El Camino Real Construction Work Nearing Final Phases

Redwood City, CA - March 18, 2010 - Since last November, a great deal of construction has been taking place on El Camino Real in Redwood City, between Broadway and Brewster. Now, the City is happy to announce that the final phases of work are about to get underway, and the construction impacts to traffic and to the nearby businesses will soon diminish. This project is Redwood City’s first step in the regional collaborative effort involving 19 cities and two counties to transform El Camino Real into a “Grand Boulevard” for the length of the peninsula.

While the overall completion date has slipped to the end of June (due to the heavy rains in December and January), most of the very intensive, heavy equipment, “streets-torn-up” work which is impacting that stretch of El Camino Real will be largely complete in about three-to-four weeks.

The major underground utility work, including over 700 feet of new water main, storm drains, and electrical lines, has been installed. The new curb and gutter has just been laid. Wonderful new, wider sidewalks will be installed within two weeks, and most of the major roadway work will be completed within three weeks. Also in about three weeks, the intersection of El Camino and Brewster will begin returning to normal - there will be two lanes going eastbound, and shortly thereafter the left turn lanes onto El Camino Real will be back.

After that, the remaining work will consist of new median construction, beautiful new trees and landscaping, enhanced street lighting, water service connections, sidewalk “bulb-outs,” and some less-intensive roadwork (there may be some minor lane reconfigurations during that period). Those last phases of work will be of significantly less impact to the block of El Camino Real between Broadway and Brewster, and are expected to be complete by the end of June.

The City thanks the community for their patience during this work to create a section of “Grand Boulevard.” The improvements will greatly enhance and beautify this section of El Camino Real, making it more inviting and appealing to pedestrians and motorists. Special thanks also to merchants and business owners along Broadway and Brewster, and particular thanks are due to these El Camino Real businesses, for their extraordinary patience:

  • 1st Republic Bank
  • Savada-Adanich Opticians
  • Estampas Peruanas
  • 1st National Bank
  • Gelb Music
  • Hawaiian Drive In
  • Sodini’s
  • Peninsula Liquors
  • Secrets
  • Redwood Smoke Shop
  • House of Humor
  • La Casita Chilanga
  • Ultimate Elegance
  • Carmen’s Beauty Salon
  • 99 Cent Store

Redwood City has received over $1 million in grants from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the Federal Stimulus Package) and the California Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program to pay for this project. The regional Grand Boulevard initiative is designed for El Camino Real to achieve its full potential as a place for residents to work, live, shop and play, creating links between communities that promote walking and transit and an improved and meaningful quality of life. For more information on the regional Grand Boulevard initiative, go to

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Saber Sarwary
Project Manager


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