Should the city of Menlo Park push to install a traffic signal at the intersection of Santa Cruz Avenue and Elder Avenue, near Hillview School?
That's what city management and the Transportation Commission are recommending to the City Council, which will weigh the issue at its meeting Tuesday, May 18. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, located in the Civic Center complex.
If the council approves the recommendation, the city would then negotiate with the Menlo Park City School District, in the hopes of working out a cost-sharing agreement.
A signal at the intersection would improve traffic flow during pickup and drop-off hours, and would prevent people from cutting through other streets in the neighborhood to avoid waiting in long lines, Transportation Engineer Rene Baile and Transportation Manager Chip Taylor wrote in a staff report.
The impetus for the project comes from the planned expansion of the Hillview campus, with the student population expected to increase by 43 percent by 2016.
The rebuild is scheduled to commence this summer, with completion slated for late 2012 or early 2013.