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Middle Ave undercrossing

From: domainremoved <Jonathan>
Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2019 16:24:46 -0700

Dear City Council,

As citizens of Menlo Park, we are thrilled that you are considering Concept
3 undercrossing. The Concept 3 tunnel location and configuration are fine
and should move forward in order to keep up with the aggressive schedule.
The paths leading to and from the tunnel on both sides have some
shortcomings which could be addressed so that the tunnel is effective as
possible.

First, on the east side of the tunnel along Alma, the paths do not provide
a direct connection to Burgess Park. We expect that a large number of
tunnel trips will be to and from Burgess including the pool, fields and
courts, rec centers, city hall and the library. The proposal as is
requires awkward diversions to reach the park itself.

The attached pdf shows one possible solution on page 2. On the east side,
the pedestrian stairs remain as is but the bike path is modified with a
switchback so that it meets the top of the stairs and the raised crosswalk
across Alma. This creates a single, well-defined point of entry/exit
similar to the design used in the Homer tunnel in Palo Alto. Our proposal
eliminates the northward bike ramp as well as the west sidewalk connecting
to Burgess Dr which results in a simpler, less expensive design.

Second, the west side path proposal does not include an explicit plan for
access to Big 5. The Big 5 connection is important to the overall
effectiveness of the tunnel. It should not be left for later definition
because its location and configuration could impact the property
acquisition discussions. We recommend using one the west side bike ramps
for Big 5 access rather than having it connect to the tunnel.

Best,
Bill Kirsch
Jonathan Weiner


Received on Tue Aug 27 2019 - 16:44:43 PDT

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