Tonight: Portola Valley may OK pedestrian bridge


The Portola Valley Town Council will consider approving tonight (Feb. 23) a prefabricated wooden-rail pedestrian bridge across a drainage ditch in a mile-long section of the Dwight Crowder Trail, a path that extends west along Alpine Road from the town's border with Ladera.

Stanford University is paying $2.9 million to rebuild and reroute this path, also known as the C-1 trail. The project is part of a 2006 initiative in which Stanford agreed to the trail changes in exchange for advancing its plans to develop open land on the Santa Clara County side of the creeks that form a boundary with San Mateo County.

With the council's approval, the town will advance the university the $31,460 to build, buy and install the 40-foot bridge across a natural ditch on the south side of Alpine Road and west of the Ford Field baseball field, according to a staff report.

The bridge would be built and installed over the summer and would be similar to a bridge at the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center at Edgewood Park in Woodside.

The town will use wood harvested with sensitivity to the environment if it can be ordered without affecting the schedule, the report said.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road.

To see the town staff memo and an illustration of a similar bridge, click here. (The document might take a minute to load.)

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