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Fwd: Yikes! City proposed street changes that will put MORE traffic on Pope, Laurel, etc...

From: domainremoved <suzan>
Date: Fri, 1 Dec 2017 18:01:54 -0800

Hi City Council,

I don't know if the assessment below is accurate (about traffic potentially
increasing on Central/Laurel/Pope), but I'm super concerned about any more
traffic coming down especially Laurel, but on behalf of the many parents on
Pope and Central, those streets as well. I've emailed several times asking
for the steps needed to have you consider putting stop signs on the corners
of Central and Elm and Laurel and Elm (where we live) so that kids can
safely cross to and from Laurel Upper walking down Elm. There are kids
living in nearly every house on these blocks and the streets are getting
less and less safe for kids to cross.

Thank You,

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From: suzan szollar <szollar_at_(domainremoved)
Date: Fri, Dec 1, 2017 at 5:56 PM
Subject: Yikes! City proposed street changes that will put MORE traffic on
Pope, Laurel, etc...
To: Adam Hawley <adam.hawley_at_(domainremoved)

Willows Traffic Shock - Look out Gilbert, Pope, Laurel, Central, etc … !

The City has posted proposed temporary street changes to protect Chester,
Durham and O’Keefe from the spike in cut-through traffic caused by the
Willow/101 interchange re-work. The proposed changes will divert outgoing
afternoon rush traffic from these three streets to Gilbert - all
residential as well as cut-through traffic. Collateral damage on streets
feeding Gilbert: especially Pope (200 - 500 blocks), Laurel and Central
(300 - 500 Blocks). [go to www.menlopark.org/AgendaCenter > City Council
agenda 12/5/2017, see agenda item H1, > Staff Report 17-303-CC] These
changes are supposedly temporary, but residents of several Willows streets
have agitated for 25+ years to, essentially, privatize their streets. This
is a big foot in the door and they won’t give it up without a fight when
the interchange work is finished. If you’re concerned how this will affect
your quality of life, you should express your concerns to the City Council
before Next Tuesday’s meeting [city.council_at_(domainremoved)
following points would be helpful: 1. Measures taken at this time should be
explicitly temporary, to be removed by the date the interchange re-work is
actually completed. 2. After completion of the interchange re-work,
sufficient time should be allowed for establishment of new stable traffic
patterns before proceeding with any Willows traffic studies. The intent of
the current proposal (and its expected collateral damage) is similar is
similar in effect to the Willows Area-Wide Traffic Study terminated with no
permanent street changes in 2011. For information on that project and the
Willows sorry traffic calming history back to the early ’90s see
www.SafeOpenStreets.net <http://www.safeopenstreets.net/>
Received on Fri Dec 01 2017 - 18:06:20 PST

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