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Expect temporary traffic restrictions on Foothill Expwy. this week

Foothill Expressway construction
Bruce Barton/Town Crier File Photo
Construction underway on Foothill Expressway in mid-April.

Motorists should expect traffic delays at the Foothill Expressway intersections with San Antonio Road and El Monte Avenue this week as construction crews complete microsurfacing.

The latest round of improvements to the historically congested stretch of town started Monday (May 3), and the work is expected to last through Thursday (May 6), according to a Los Altos Police Department Nixle alert sent Sunday. As of approximately 2:55 p.m. Wednesday, live traffic maps indicated backups along Foothill between Main Street and El Monte Avenue.

During the microsurfacing phase, one lane in each direction of traffic will remain open, the alert stated.

City of Los Altos transportation consultant Jaime Rodriguez described microsurfacing as a method for filling in scarring caused by construction so the “street looks fresh and clean before new roadway markings are installed.”

The entire $6.6 million Foothill Expressway widening project, scheduled for completion by next week, is meant to ease traffic flow by adding an auxiliary lane in each direction.

For more information, visit the county’s project website at countyroads.sccgov.org/foothill-expressway-improvement-project.

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