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Fully Elevated Grade Separation Study Delays

From: domainremoved <dana>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2018 22:53:55 -0700

While the Menlo Park City Council clearly is eager to apply for grade
separation funding for Alternative A there appears not to be a similar
sense of urgency surrounding the start and completion of a study of fully
elevated grade separations (FEGS), a promising solution that likely would
provide superior traffic circulation, reduce construction impacts on
Ravenswood and El Camino, enhance the train station area, improve bike and
pedestrian east-west connectivity, conserve staff resources, and lower
overall project risk.

Eighteen weeks ago the Council instructed staff to have AECOM submit a
proposal for the FEGS study and learned it could be available in the
July-August timeframe. Two weeks after the May meeting I submitted a
recommendation for the scope of the study that was developed by a small
team of residents who have been requesting this study since last October.

*Unfortunately, the staff agenda for the September 11 Council Meeting
indicates that the start date for this study remains unset and uncertain.* “On
May 8, 2018, the City Council selected Alternative A, Ravenswood Avenue
Underpass as the preferred alternative, and directed staff to return with a
scope request for additional studies. Staff is finalizing the project study
report and is scheduled to return to Council with a *scope for additional
studies on October 9, 2018 *assuming staff receives feedback on the scope
from the Rail Subcommittee by September 21.”

We do not understand why it has taken more than two months for AECOM to
produce both a scope and proposal for the FEGS study. We also believe
council members will eventually deeply regret having allowed the completion
of the FEGS study to slip into 2020. This potential should alarm the
Council, and hopefully, spur it to ensure against further delays. We would
appreciate knowing whether the Council intends to *approve* an FEGS study
in 2018.
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Received on Mon Sep 10 2018 - 22:53:04 PDT

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