Atherton's City Council decided when it met on Jan. 20 that instead of solely looking into a roundabout at Alameda de las Pulgas and Atherton Avenue, it might want to study the entire stretch of Alameda within Atherton.
Members of the town's Transportation Committee asked the council to consider a roundabout instead of the four-way stop at the busy intersection of Alameda and Atherton Avenue. But recently, the Las Lomitas School District said it might want to add a stoplight on Alameda to make it easier to get in and out of Las Lomitas School, and that could change traffic patterns.
Councilman Cary Wiest said he wants to make sure that any changes on Alameda, which he said is a "route that is becoming an expressway," doesn't make things worse for Atherton residents who live on the side streets. He said he feared a roundabout would do just that. "We're going to have more residents complain that they can't get in during commute hours," Mr. Wiest said.
But Mayor Elizabeth Lewis urged more study. "We're all talking about this as if we know what we're talking about. We don't," she said.
Staff will come back to the council with more information about an expanded study, including a roundabout, and will explore having the school district pitch in some funding.