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Upcoming Caltrain Electrification Work at Churchill Avenue

Upcoming Caltrain Electrification Work at Churchill Avenue

Caltrain crews will be installing foundations in Palo Alto on April 10-11 that will require the temporary closure of the Churchill Avenue railroad crossing. The Churchill Avenue railroad crossing will be closed from 9 p.m. on April 10 to 5 a.m. on April 11. 

Work will consist of excavation, placement of rebar, concrete fill, electrical grounding and the installation of foundations. Crews will utilize on-track equipment and will work as quietly as possible.

Illuminated and directional signs will direct vehicle traffic to use Embarcadero Road for the northern detour route and Page Mill Road/Oregon Expressway for the southern detour route on the night of the closure. Pedestrians and bicyclists will be directed to use the Homer Avenue tunnel or the California Street tunnel at Bowden Park during construction.

During construction, crews will provide crossing access to Emergency First Responders.

If you have questions or comments about the upcoming work, please call the dedicated Caltrain Project Hotline at 650.399.9659 or email

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Last Updated: March 30, 2020