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Grade Separation Project

From: Dexter K. Chow <"Dexter>
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2018 09:35:45 -0800


I wanted to reach out to express my concern, particularly as a local resident and local business owner, about the Ravenswood (and related streets) grade separation project. In particular, estimates of construction time range from 3-5 years, depending on the plan, and all of the plans involve major disruption of east-west connectivity during nearly all the construction time. In particular, Plan C disrupts all 3 east-west streets (Ravenswood, Oak Grove, Glenwood) that feed into the downtown simultaneously and nearly continuously for the 4-5 years of construction time.

I was recently presented a plan for fully elevated grade separations, ending the elevation after Glenwood, so not significantly impacting Atherton. This is not a dividing berm, but an elevated structure that would allow pedestrian, bike, and vehicular travel underneath (and level travel, particularly helpful for bike and pedestrian travel). It seems that this has many advantages, not the least of which is saving years of disruption to traffic for businesses for anyone on the east side of Menlo Park (including anyone coming from 101, Facebook area, etc), as well as on student travel for Hillview and M-A.

I would like to express my support for adding this alternative into the mix for consideration. It was apparently ruled out by the consultants due to experience in Sunnyvale, but Menlo Park is a very different city with fewer options for east-west travel. With further study, a fully elevated structure may prove infeasible or not desired, but I believe that it should be considered as another option. As we saw and continue to see with the Willow interchange, disruption of a major travel corridor has majorly adverse traffic impacts on the surrounding area, with detrimental effects on residents and businesses in the area. Losing (or even greatly reducing) business from anyone east of the tracks for 4-5 years will seriously impact the viability of my business and many other downtown businesses. An alternative that minimizes these disruptions for the 4-5 year construction time frame would be greatly desired.

Thank you,
-Dexter Chow

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Received on Thu Mar 01 2018 - 09:38:23 PST

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