In July 2013, Welch Road was reopened as a two-way thoroughfare—four months ahead of schedule. The road is now wider, with new landscaping, sidewalks, gutters and lighting, making it safer for both pedestrians and drivers. Access to clinical outbuildings is made easier by clearly marked crosswalks and driveways. Sidewalks were widened, and a new bicycle lane was put in place.
Welch Road serves as the main thoroughfare between Pasteur Drive and Quarry Road, linking Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford and Stanford Health Care with clinical outbuildings and specialty outpatient services.
While much of the work was below the surface—utility lines, water services and gas lines were redirected and replaced—the Welch Road Utility Project was the essential first phase in preparing the infrastructure for the medical center’s renovation and expansion. Major utility upgrades and groundwork for information technology ensure that construction continues seamlessly and that the new buildings will function efficiently, with no impact on how care is provided to patients, families and visitors.