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willow/101 interchange discussion

From: domainremoved <Bob>
Date: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:50:59 -0800


I understand that there will be a discussion tonight about the Willow
interchange and that opponents (whatever that means at this point) are
recruiting people to designate Gary Lauder as their spokesman, having spent
some amount of money over the past few weeks to raise fears about future
congestion and safety.

While the new interchange would not have been my first step in addressing
the congestion on Willow Rd, I have seen similar intersections work well at
many other locations, and do not believe there is any evidence that it will
make things worse. I've read Mr. Lauder's web page on the matter, and find
it unconvincing.

Whether it convinces me or not should not, of course, be your primary
concern. But since he seems determined to monopolize council time to
present in public, taking up a valuable public resource, a case he has been
unable to make before qualified professionals in either writing or private
consultations, I thought you should at least understand that there is one
resident living near Menlo Park that feels this is a waste of time, that
the time to have had this discussion was before construction began. In
fact, given the history on his web page, this discussion did take place
before and a decision was reached. Mr. Lauder is simply using predictable
construction confusion and displacement to generate support for a case he
previously failed to make.

There is nothing to be gained by halting this project at this point and
trying to restart it with an outdated design. At this point, the project
should be completed, and the council's attention focused on the steps to
come after.

Bob English
Menlo Park, CA
Received on Tue Jan 16 2018 - 11:54:24 PST

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