Parts of Embarcadero Road leading up to Stanford University will be closed about every night for the next two weeks.

The reason? Pigeon waste.

Hundreds of pigeons live in the beams underneath the Caltrain tracks, causing a “dirty and unsightly problem,” according to a city of Palo Alto news release.

The road and walkways will be closed between Emerson Street and El Camino Real, near the Town & Country Village and Palo Alto High School.

The cleanup and maintenance will take place between 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. from today through Dec. 1 and Dec. 5-8, city officials said.

Detours will be in place and the public should expect minor delays. And, contractors will try to keep noise to a minimum.

The city’s Public Works Department plans on installing bird netting during the closure to deter the birds from roosting in the structure in the future, city officials said in the news release.

The netting is in response to the continual cleanup costs associated with the birds living in the I-beams underneath the tracks.


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