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Please don't close Alma!

From: domainremoved <Amy>
Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2019 21:01:44 -0800

Dear City Council and Transportation Committee Members,
First, thank you to our service to our city!

Second, I’m writing to implore you not to make the mistake of closing Alma Street again. As a resident of Linfield Oaks, I vividly remember the experiment the City ran in 2015 when the idea of closing Alma was tested. The test was abandoned after it resulted in significantly worse traffic delays on Ravenswood Avenue and increased traffic along Laurel.

Of course, I’m not excited about the idea of the city funneling more traffic through our neighborhood. But the impact of closing Alma would have a negative effect on EVERYONE who uses the main library or gym and everyone who needs to get from the west side of Menlo Park to neighborhoods east of El Camino and Hwy 101.

We’re already facing increased traffic in Menlo Park, so it boggles my mind to think that the idea of closing down a road that clearly eases traffic congestion is being seriously considered. The negative impact of this idea was already clearly demonstrated in the summer of 2015, and I can only imagine how much worse the impact would be year-round with the higher overall traffic loads on our roads.

Thank you for considering this viewpoint,
Amy Arnold
312 Sherwood Way
Received on Mon Jan 14 2019 - 20:58:30 PST

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