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Pope-Chaucer Bridge Replacement

From: domainremoved <Matt>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:43:46 -0800

Dear City Council Members of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and East Palo Alto -

The two options recently proposed by the SFCJPA and the Santa Clara Valley
Water District for replacing the Pope-Chaucer bridge would have too great
of an environmental impact and would significantly damage the feel of the
nearby neighborhoods. We should avoid proceeding with either of these

I live a block past the Pope-Chaucer bridge on Pope Street with my family,
and we frequently walk around the block with our two young kids, right past
the bridge intersection and down sections of Woodland that would be

Based on the discussions at the workshop on Jan 29th and additional
conversations with neighbors, I believe we need more options on the table.
I appreciate the technical complexity of the problem that the team is
trying to solve, but the two options we've seen so far will both cause a
substantial amount of destruction to the surrounding area.

Also, it seems like there is pressure to evaluate the decisions for the
50-year bridge design and 100-year design independently. However, the
decision about the 50-year bridge limits what design options are available
for a 100-year solution if that should proceed, so we can't decouple the
decisions. They must be considered together so we can evaluate the full
scope of the potential impact.

Finally, it sounds like there are options for better alternatives that use
culverts and other techniques that would cause far less damage to the
landscape, but these options have not been fully explored yet. Even
removing the bridge or installing a pedestrian/bike bridge would
be more favorable than the two proposed designs.

Please ask the teams to develop some alternative options - the
environmental consequences are too substantial to proceed with either of
the two current proposals.

If I can help in any way, please let me know.

Thank you -

Matt Znameroski

215 Pope Street

Menlo Park
Received on Fri Feb 14 2014 - 12:43:22 PST

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