Lately it's taking almost an hour to drive from one end of Menlo Park to the other along a two-mile stretch of El Camino Real during commute hours. Drivers sit staring at green lights and motionless traffic, wondering what's going on.
Now they know. Caltrans has yet to finish repairing the damage from an Oct. 1 mishap. A work crew accidentally severed the electrical lines that feed into the traffic light system at the intersection of El Camino Real and Santa Cruz Avenue, according to Chip Taylor, the city's public works director.
He told the Almanac that while the lights are now working, the communications line that allows for synchronization of signals along the corridor remains broken. The repairs won't be finished for another two to three weeks, Mr. Taylor said.
Caltrans representatives were not immediately available for comment.