Tonight: ASCC meets in Portola Valley to discuss a bridge, a wall and a trailer


The Architectural and Site Control Commission in Portola Valley is set to address a wide-ranging discussion of topics tonight (March 23).

The commission will consider a proposed bridge over Los Trancos Creek near Ford (baseball) Field at the San Mateo County line.

The owner of the 4.15-acre property across the creek in Santa Clara County has long had an easement at the field that allows the bridge. The town has the right to approve the the structure and aesthetics of the bridge and the grading of the driveway to it, according to a staff report.

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

The ASCC will also consider a proposal to widen the north shoulder of Alpine Road at a narrow spot near Arastradero Road to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians.

The site, one of two "pinch points" for cyclists passing through town, could include a 420-foot retaining wall. The commission will be looking at options other than a retaining wall, including a "living wall" with a stone face, a berm between the road and the wall, or no wall at all -- perhaps by realigning the existing lanes to provide the needed space.

(The other point at which the road shoulder is unusually narrow is along the east side of Portola Road across from the Town Center.)

The commission will also hear reports on solar-powered lights for paths near the Historic Schoolhouse, and possible replacement of the town's radar trailer that sits along the roadside and informs drivers of their speed.

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