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5/5 agenda Item D4

From: domainremoved <Patti>
Date: Fri, 1 May 2015 15:39:20 -0700

Dear Council - I am glad to see that progress is being made towards putting
sidewalks on Santa Cruz Ave. This is a much needed and very long awaited
project. I am hopeful that it will be done "right", with the future in mind.

A couple observations that I hope will be taken into consideration as
things proceed:

   - PARKING - Apparently parking may be removed from all or part of the
   affected area. When I walk downtown, I've noticed at 30-40 parked vehicles
   between Johnson and San Mateo Drive EVERY DAY. I didn't walk west of there
   so didn't count cars beyond San Mateo Dr. Please consider a trial NOW of
   allowing no parking in order to get feedback about a design that would
   remove it. It is critical to do such a trial during the school year, not
   just summertime, and every day of the week since parking needs and patterns
   change by day of the week.
   Some of these blocks are long and cars already park on streets
   perpendicular to Santa Cruz. It is clear that there is a need for parking
   in this area. It would be a shame to embark on a design that proves
   unworkable and potentially unsafe (e.g., if visitors, workers, delivery
   vehicles attempt to park "temporarily" on SCA in unauthorized locations).
   - ROAD SURFACE The crown of santa Cruz is very high. This needs to be
   considered in any design. When the new disabled-friendly curbs were
   installed at San Mateo Drive and Santa Cruz, the street surface was at
   least 6 inches above the newly installed "friendly" ramp, making it
   impossible to use the crosswalk. This was not corrected for several weeks;
   the correction required removal of part of the road and resurfacing. When
   that resulted in a frightening and noisy "dip" in the road (the noise was a
   manhole cover), yet another correction was needed. This correction required
   fairly extensive road configuration modification and resurfacing. The
   existing conditions need to be considered fully.
   - DRAINAGE - Some other disabled-friendly curbs end up in large pools of
   water when it rains, possibly because they do not support adequate
   drainage. Example - corner of Morey and Middle Ave. Sidewalks on Santa Cruz
   would be well used, so must work in sun and rain.
   - UTILITIES - are these to be undergrounded or not? Currently, many of
   the poles and boxes interfere with passage on sidewalks where they do
   exist. A major project like this is an opportune time to underground
   utilities; they need to be moved anyway.

Above all, please approve improvements that serve the greatest number of
people, including schoolchildren, visitors, residents on Santa Cruz, and
residents of adjacent neighborhoods. After all, Santa Cruz is an important
road that serves our entire community and connects to our downtown.

Thanks for your consideration.
Patti Fry, Menlo Park resident
Received on Fri May 01 2015 - 15:35:14 PDT

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