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Palo Alto Police Department
Tuesday February 25th, 2020 :: 04:50 p.m. PST


Changes on El Camino Real for Drivers and Pedestrians

If you're driving on El Camino Real in Palo Alto, you may notice something new. Caltrans HQ installed Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHB) at five locations. A PHB is a flashing signal which warns drivers when pedestrians are crossing the roadway. Look for them on El Camino Real at

Monroe Drive- active
Vista Ave-active
Barron and Wilton- active
Fernando- active
College Ave -pending

Caltrans is expecting to activate the last PHB in Palo Alto by the end of the week. This Caltrans video explains how they work:

Palo Alto Police Department
275 Forest Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 650-329-2406

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