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Publication Date: Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Sand Hill project: Two intersections to reopen Friday Sand Hill project: Two intersections to reopen Friday (November 02, 2005)

By Rory Brown

Almanac Staff Writer

On Friday, two intersections infamous for headache-inducing traffic should deliver smiles of accomplishment.

Renovations to the complex double intersection of Santa Cruz Avenue/Sand Hill Road and Alpine Road/Junipero Serra Boulevard are almost finished, with the closed Santa Cruz Avenue stretch set to reopen by noon on Friday. The road has been closed for construction since March.

"It's close to where we expected to finish -- we were hoping to open it by Thanksgiving, so this is a little earlier," said project manager Jim Inglis of Stanford University.

The reopening of Santa Cruz Avenue south of Sand Hill Road is the last major project of the Menlo Park Roadway Improvement Project, which began in April of 2004.

Stanford paid for the work as part of the traffic improvements required in order to build its Sand Hill Road Projects, which include the Stanford West apartment complex, expansion of the shopping center, the Classic Residence senior housing, and widening Sand Hill Road and connecting it with El Camino Real.

The section of Santa Cruz Avenue was closed to build a retaining wall and bridge to accommodate the widened roadway and to construct a path along to the road. The path will also open Friday.

This week, crews will be putting the finishing touches on the road, striping the lanes and raising utilities so they are flush with the new road grade, Mr. Inglis said.

A brief, formal ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 11 a.m. Friday with Menlo Park Mayor Mickie Winkler, members of the Menlo Park City Council, and Stanford representatives, including Provost John Etchemendi, said Jean McCown, Stanford's director of community relations.

Following the ceremony, there will be a brief delay while the contractor gets the traffic signals up and running, and then the road will be open to traffic, hopefully sometime before noon, Ms. McCown said.

Minor work, including signal adjustments, erosion control and final landscaping will continue until December. Staff writer Andrea Gemmet contributed to this report.

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