Atherton has finally received the encroachment permit it has been waiting for from Caltrans to install a pedestrian-activated stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue, Community Services Michael Kashiwagi said.
Mr. Kashiwagi said bids for the work are scheduled to be opened Nov. 10. Construction should start by next March and be completed by the end of May, he said.
The board of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District will pay half the approximately $330,000 cost of the stoplight, which will remain dark unless activated by a pedestrian or bicyclist, or remotely by a fire vehicle. Once activated it will go through a yellow and red cycle just as conventional signals do.
The city decided to install the stoplight on its own after 32-year-old Atherton resident Shahriar Rahimzadeh was fatally injured in July 2014, crossing El Camino at Almendral. Caltrans had previously agreed to install two similar stoplights on El Camino at Isabella and Alejandra avenues, sites of other serious and fatal accidents. However, despite political pressure from the town, Caltrans does not plan to install the stoplights until sometime in 2017.