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Turn restrictions onto Willow Road

From: domainremoved <Brian>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 03:32:13 +0000 (UTC)

I am a resident of the Willows and I am outraged at the fact that there is now no possible way for me to turn northbound onto Willow Road between 3-7 pm.  I spoke with two police officers today at the corner of Durham and Willow, and asked them just how I was supposed to exit the neighborhood to get to 101 southbound, or Belle Haven, between 3-7 pm.  They didn't have an answer, because there isn't one.
I need to take 101 South with some regularity in that time period.  Just how am I supposed to do that now?  I guess I could try to crawl through Palo Alto, but it doesn't take a PhD to predict that they will retaliate against Menlo Park in the next month by preventing turns into Palo Alto at rush hour.
Worse, my wife works on Willow north of 101.  She frequently works from home but needs to go to her workplace as needed - often after 3 pm.  Just what is she supposed to do now?  She frequently picks up our child and then goes back to work.  There is now literally no way to do that.  No one has an answer for this.  
The "cure" for congestion in the Willows is worse than the disease.  We are now half-prisoners in the neighborhood and our right to travel has been seriously encumbered.  
The news release of 12/13 calls this a temporary measure - through 2019!  That's hardly temporary.  Further, the real problem is the two new traffic lights on Willow on the new overpass.  Those aren't going away when the project is over.  That means the hasty and ill-conceived restriction against right turns onto Willow isn't going away.
Part of the benefit of living in the Willows is easy freeway access.  You have just stolen that from us.
Brian ScharLaurel Avenue
Received on Mon Dec 18 2017 - 19:36:17 PST

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