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Caltrans won't finish Menlo Park repairs until mid-November; traffic jammed on El Camino

Original post made on Oct 15, 2012

The Caltrans paving project that inadvertently snarled Menlo Park traffic along the El Camino corridor won't be complete until mid-November -- and neither will repairs to the traffic signals.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 15, 2012, 10:05 AM

Comments (12)

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Oct 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

[Portion deleted...terms of use.] We'll look elsewhere for places to spend mivey until this situation has improved - realistically, perhaps in time for Christmas.

Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 15, 2012 at 12:08 pm

Let's hope the weather holds. If it doesn't this won't get fixed until next year.

Posted by whatever, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Don't shoot the messenger. BTW she's been with Caltrans since at least 2005.

More importantly will Caltrans be making safety improvements to the stretch between Encinal and Dumbarton? Perhaps signals and flashing sidewalks with proper lighting?

And while their at it how about returning to three lanes form Roble to Watkins.

How about it Gidget, give us some good news!

Posted by resident, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Caltrans is full of mularkey! "Probably would've happened" they f'd up now own it. Im avoiding there until february and they should compensate the business owners.

Posted by Dharma, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm

CalTrans is not terribly interested in maintaining local roadways, its in the business of the Big Project. Their monument will be the (Chinese built) eastern span of the Bay Bridge due to open any year now. In San Mateo they are working w the city to respond to a two block back up at Poplar Ave on ramp - which the city after much study determined can be fixed for about $100,000 - by rebuilding the (recently built) adjacent Peninsula ramps instead including eminent domain for like $10 million. In Menlo they are looking at a full rebuild of Willow Rd/ 101 interchange because Willow backs up for 45 minutes twice a day but not the 1/2 mile back-up on south 101 at Woodside road that happens all day long. El Camino is just not worth these guys time. OK at least the freeways are flat and smooth.

Posted by LB, a resident of Portola Valley: Ladera
on Oct 15, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Is there not a wireless solution available? There must be....

Posted by ame, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 15, 2012 at 7:23 pm

the first word that comes to mind is: IDIOTS!!!!

Posted by Donald, a resident of another community
on Oct 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm

There is another solution - not wireless, but close. Many Palo Alto intersections along El Camino Real have video camera detection. The cameras are mounted on poles where they are immune to damage from roadway degradation and repair, and where they can be accessed without closing roads and without putting workers in danger from traffic. They have been in place for several years and seem to work quite well. Why has Menlo Park not asked for these to be installed?

Posted by Elderly driver, a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Oct 16, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Does this mean that the lights at Elder and Santa Cruz cannot be coordinated? Waiting 2 minutes for a light to change when no left turns
are being made seems a waste of time for all of us.

Posted by Norman, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 16, 2012 at 2:24 pm

We ain't seen nothing yet. Wait until they get their hands on High Speed Rail. But it serves us all right. We elected these buffoons. We have met the enemy and he is us.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of another community
on Oct 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Norman - how does CalTrans have anything to do w/who we elect? Remember - many of the folks caught in traffic don't live in Menlo, or even the county.

And sheesh - what a bummer that I can't make fun of the name Gidget!

Posted by ron, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 17, 2012 at 12:46 pm

Might have happened anyway? Nice try but I don't buy it. Just plain carelessness/stupidity in my opinion.

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