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101N, exiting to Willow West

From: domainremoved <Wendy>
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2017 22:10:39 -0800
Dear City Council,

I just finished reading the council's digest posted on November 10.

"The City of Menlo Park is a project sponsor of the Caltrans project to update the interchange of U.S. 101 at Willow Road. The current "full cloverleaf" style interchange will be replaced with a "partial cloverleaf" which will eliminate the short merge weaves both on Willow Road and on the freeway and will create a more efficient way for all modes of traffic, including bikes and pedestrians, to get across the freeway at Willow Road. The project will replace the existing interchange with a new, wider bridge; add sidewalks on both sides, bike lanes on both sides and protected bike paths on both sides; and add two signalized intersections. The final version of the new interchange layout is available for review."

With the reduction of the interchange at willow from four clover leafs, to two, please help me understand the project's impacts on Menlo Park residents living nearest to Bay Rd. and the City's plans for mitigation. I focus on those living nearest Bay Rd, because you are already working with the Willows community on mitigation.

Currently, it takes 20-30 minutes during commute times, ~2:30 on, to get from Almanor ave to 101.
The good news? When I head home from Mountain View late afternoon into evening, going North on 101, the Willow West exit is completely accessible and passage is easy. (Willow East is backed up all the way to University.)  If I understand correctly, the two leaf design means West and East traffic will share an entrance and an exit at Willow. In the new scenario, wouldn't Menlo Park residents using the Willow Rd interchange get caught in the already hellacious Dumbarton backup traffic both getting on and getting off 101?

If that's the case, what will the City do to mitigate impact to those of us who will get ensnared in the Dunbarton backup daily? And how will you manage the thousands of new employees flocking to FB daily so that the quality of life will not continue to erode for those of us living close to the interchange?

As Ms. Nagaya will tell you, I've gone to lengths to understand this complex project and to ask the City how they will help protect our quality of life going forward. Beyond attending meetings and reading "the documents", I've taken to reading East Palo Alto's project site, Mercury News, the SF Chronicle so I can get a clearer picture of a huge and murky effort that goes well beyond our little City.
I don't believe many residents fully understand the project or know how they will be impacted.

So I put it to you. How will you help our area of the City survive this new design and the coming onslaught of many thousands more Face Book employees? How will our neighborhoods and our public schools be protected? When will you discuss potential mitigation with us?

Your respectfully,
Wendy Shindler
1009 Almanor Ave.
Menlo Park

Received on Fri Nov 10 2017 - 22:15:28 PST

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