Atherton's City Council is quickly moving toward installing a pedestrian-controlled stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue, where a 32-year-old Atherton resident, Shahriar Rahimzadeh, was fatally injured in July 2014.
The item will be considered when the council meets on Wednesday, April 15, in the town's council chambers, 94 Ashfield Road. The proposal from engineering firm Stantec Consulting Services Inc. says the town intends to start installing the stoplight by this fall.
This project is moving much faster than plans to install pedestrian-controlled stoplights at the Isabella Avenue and Alejandra Avenue intersections with El Camino Real. According to City Manager George Rodericks, the reason is that the town is paying for and managing the installation of the Almendral stoplight while Caltrans will pay for and install the other two lights. They aren't expected to be ready until 2017.
The stoplight would remain dark unless turned on by a pedestrian or bicyclist. The controls could be over-ridden by fire and other emergency vehicles.
The contract is proposed to be on a time and materials basis not to exceed $45,988. It is on the council's consent calendar, which means that unless a council member or someone from the audience asks to have further discussion, it can be approved without discussion.