San Mateo officials warn of traffic congestion amid Event Center COVID-19 vaccinations

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With COVID-19 vaccinations happening at the San Mateo County Event Center mixed with jury duty and nearby construction activity, city officials are warning about traffic congestion in the area beginning this month.

City officials are urging community members not to go to the Event Center unless they have an appointment, as no drop-ins are allowed for vaccinations at this time. Nearby construction projects include building of the Underground Flow Equalization System at the Event Center, which aims to help protect from stormwater runoff. That project is “expected to ramp up” this week, officials said.

Also, work is continuing on the 25th Avenue Grade Separation Project.

“We are expecting the new east-west connection at 28th Avenue and El Camino Real to open later this spring, followed by 25th Avenue closing temporarily to finalize the grade separation,” city officials said.

Amid all this activity, city staff aims to monitor traffic impacts and could make temporary changes to traffic patterns due to volume.

“We are working closely with the County and Event Center to manage traffic impacts in the area,” city officials said. “Traffic patterns are expected to change over the coming weeks and could change suddenly. We ask you and your neighbors to plan accordingly for traffic congestion when leaving or returning to the Bay Meadows and Fiesta Gardens neighborhoods. Please follow all directional street-level signage.”

For those seeking information on vaccination, visit here to learn about when you will be eligible to make an appointment to receive a vaccine. Both County and private healthcare providers are using the Event Center for appointment-only vaccinations.

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