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For Immediate Release

Jefferson Avenue to be Temporarily Closed for Improvements

Redwood City, CA - April 25, 2006 - Starting early Thursday, April 27 and continuing through Saturday, April 29, both lanes of Jefferson Avenue will be closed between Middlefield Road and Marshall Street. During this period, vehicle traffic on Jefferson will be detoured onto Middlefield Road / Main Street / Marshall Street. One lane of Jefferson is expected to re-open to vehicle traffic on Sunday, April 30, as work continues. Jefferson is expected to fully re-open by the end of the day on Monday, May 1. All scheduling is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

This was originally planned as a closure of only the northbound lanes - however, when work crews began investigating the underlying construction of Jefferson, it was determined that significantly more reconstruction work than anticipated would be required. Therefore, in order to finish the work as quickly as possible, the decision was made to completely close the street, rather than close it partially for a much longer period.

This temporary closure is necessary to accommodate ongoing construction of the many wonderful streetscape improvements on Jefferson, and to minimize the overall construction time and impact on traffic. During this and all work downtown, pedestrian access to all businesses in this area, including those on Broadway between Jefferson and Main, will be maintained. Appropriate signage will be in place to help motorists easily and quickly navigate the detour.

The entire community is looking forward to the completion of these and other Downtown streetscape improvements, and to the opening of the first business in the Downtown retail-cinema project. Cost Plus World Market, located at the corner of Jefferson and Middlefield, will be open for business the first week of May, and other retailers will follow suit in June, along with the completion of the streetscape and sidewalk improvements. Additionally, one level of the underground parking garage on Jefferson will be open in mid-May. The theater portion of the complex is expected to open for business in July.

The City would like to thank motorists, pedestrians, and especially the Downtown businesses in the affected area for their patience and understanding, and apologizes for this inconvenience.

More information on the Downtown Renaissance is available at The City has installed a 24-hour phone message line for people to leave their questions and comments about Downtown projects – the Question Line number is 650-780-7563. Staff will check messages daily and respond as needed.

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Brian Lee
Senior Civil Engineer


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