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Willows Traffic Study Final Proposal "No Left Turn" at Chester and O'K eefe from Willow Road not vialbe options for the neighborhood and busi nesses along Willow Road

From: Julie Forbes <jbbbb_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 19:05:42 +0000

Dear Transportation Department (Chip Taylor), Transportation Commission and City Council Members, Have the businesses on the south side of Willow Road between 101 and O'Keefe Street been queried for their inputs on the Willows Area Wide Traffic Study? The plan that is emerging from this process suggests that they have not. The left turn restrictions proposed at Chester St. and O&rsquo;Keefe St. off of Willow Road during commute hours, in addition to the existing U-turn restrictions, are going to make it very difficult for their patrons on westbound Willow to access their stores on the way to or from work. If this plan is imposed, their customers will be forced to either turn left on Durham and then wind through the Willows neighborhood to return to Willow, or they will have to make a U-turn all the way up at Gilbert which will be difficult for larger cars, and may be impossible during rush hour traffic. So, in both cases, traffic that used to be confined to Willow Road will now be forced onto neighborhood streets, or will try to perform difficult turning maneuvers on a busy arterial during the highest traffic times of the day. Confronted with these poor alternatives, many drivers will be tempted to make illegal left or U-turns which will likely require increased police enforcement to keep under control. These are small, local serving, neighborhood businesses that rely on the easy access from Willow for their business survival. Any traffic controls imposed on them need to take into account their value to the neighborhood, and the convenient access that they and their customers require. They are part of the neighborhood, too! Sincerely,Julie Forbes165 E. O'Keefe StreetMenlo Park Received on Tue Nov 23 2010 - 11:07:37 PST

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