We live in the North Fair Oaks neighborhood in Menlo Park and have seen traffic and speeding increase on our residential streets because Atherton has refused to even consider widening Marsh Road based on a survey conducted in 1977.
Recently, due to outcry from the community, including Atherton residents and legal issues, Atherton was unable to block Holbrook Lane to through traffic and instead has limited right-hand turns from Holbrook onto Middlefield Road with Atherton police ticketing drivers. As a result, the Holbrook traffic has moved to 14th, Fair Oaks, Palmer/15th and San Benito — adding to existing traffic.
If Atherton thinks keeping Marsh Road to two lanes keeps additional traffic out of their town, they are delusional. What it causes is frustrated drivers delayed on Marsh to speed through North Fair Oaks, Fair Oaks in Atherton and north and south on Middlefield Road with three school zones nearby and increased pollution from drivers idling on Marsh. We can't even encourage safe bike riding to reduce car traffic on Marsh as there are no bike lanes!
Atherton residents, please ask your City Council and Transportation Committee to widen Marsh Road to be a good neighbor and enter this century.
Jade Dahl, 14th Avenue, North Fair Oaks/Menlo Park