Before the traffic chefs entered the kitchen, eastbound traffic entered Willow from two feeders at the Willow/Middlefield intersection Now, one feeder and timing cycle is wasted.
The resulting elementary school science experiment at Alma/Ravenswood blocks eastbound Ravenswood from turning right onto Alma, has predictable results: the traffic is displaced elsewhere. The attached photo illustrated the current taken July 23 at 5:23 PM, the segment of Alma Street between Ravenswood and Willow no longer exists. That traffic does continue along Ravenswood and turns right onto Middlefield.
The problem created by the traffic chefs is that Willow (Middlefield to 101) traffic now only has one part of a timing cycle to enter Eastbound Willow. The cycle from Willow/Alma to Willow Middlefield is underutilized.
One might wonder whether easing traffic reviews in the M-2 zone is the proper approach. Looking at this photo, you can see the joy of congestion at Willow/101 and Bayfront.
The Waze application is a free download; you can run your own tests to see Menlo traffic.
This experiment should end; its time for the City Council to reopen the right turn onto Alma.
Update: A colleague informs me of this recent article about a Canadian startup called Miovision:
A small Canadian city tries to drag intersections into the 21st century.
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