Street work and construction projects spike this fall

Sept. 2016 – A spike in new building construction and street work in downtown San Jose may test the patience of drivers and pedestrians on downtown’s northside. The public can learn about the Julian and St. James streets realignment and street resurfacing projects at a meeting Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, Wing Room 118.

Here’s a summary of construction projects under way:

Julian and St. James streets: The peak of con- gestion will be the realignment of Julian Street and the transition of St. James into a two-way street. In early October, the Julian Street “S” curve near the Highway 87 on-ramps will close forever. Simultaneously, crews will work 24 hours a day for four days to complete the traffic pattern change along St. James Street: removing old traffic signals and installing new ones; demolishing and installing new sidewalks and re-striping the street from 87 to Market Street. San Jose police will be on-site to direct traffic and minimize delays.

When complete, St. James Street will be widened to two lanes in each direction between Highway 87 and Market Street and then a single lane in each direction from Market to 19th streets. Julian will have a traditional grid layout and a single lane in each direction from Market Street to 17th Street. The $24 million for the road project was first agreed to in 2007 and secured

in 2011 by the former Redevelopment Agency from voter-approved Proposition 1C funding, with the proviso that at least 610 residences plus 134 affordable housing units are built.

Downtown Street Resurfacing:

The city’s Department of Transportation will have three downtown streets repaved under a multiyear citywide project prioritizing the city’s most damaged streets.

  • Santa Clara Street from the Highway 87 off-ramp to Highway 101;
  • Market Street from Santa Clara Street to Julian Street; u Park Avenue from Delmas to Montgomery Street.
  • All repaving work will take place at night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Dates for this project are not set yet, but will be announced at the Sept. 22 meeting, said Eilbret Mirzapour of the Department of Public Works.

Building construction:

    • The Pierce, with 232 apartments at 60 Pierce St., pushed its opening back to later this fall. Check thepierce.com.
    • AC Marriott Hotel, 210 rooms, is nearing completion at 350 W. Santa Clara St. Sidewalks are scheduled to re-open this month.
    • Marshall Squares continues to delay its building at St. John Street between First and Second streets.

Demolition in San Pedro Square.

Modera at San Pedro Square cleared the way for its 201-unit residential complex by razing the buildings that last housed Satori Tea, San Pedro Wine & Bistro and Los Cubanos restaurant. The San Pedro Square parking lot will remain open for business until construction begins in 2017. Modera will be the first downtown development to participate in Be Barrier Beautiful, a new San Jose Downtown Association program. Construction projects change the landscape of neighborhoods and Be Barrier Beautiful adds vibrant artwork to construction fencing. For more information about Be Barrier Beautiful, contact Chloe Verrey, cverrey@sjdowntown.com.

Silvery Towers construction of 643 units continues with partial closures along Terraine and North San Pedro streets.