Tonight: Meeting on Marsh Road construction, closure

First in series of public meetings on detours, schedule

A public meeting will be held tonight on the upcoming construction of a drainage culvert along Marsh Road in Atherton, which town officials say will close the road from May 31 to August 11.

Information will be provided on scheduling and traffic detours during the road's full closure.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Fair Oaks Community Center's multipurpose room at 2600 Middlefield Road in North Fair Oaks.

Another public meeting about the project will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in Holbrook-Palmer Park's Jennings Pavilion at 150 Watkins Ave. in Atherton.

In January, Atherton finally received the permits it needed to make long-awaited repairs on a section of the Atherton Channel, a drainage culvert that runs along Marsh Road between Middlefield Road and the border with Redwood City, near Bay Road.

The culvert also serves as a retaining wall for Marsh Road. A new U-shaped reinforced concrete culvert will be poured in place, and designed so it could later be covered over. It will have a steel guard rail to deter cars from plunging in. The town has allocated $4.2 million to pay for the project.

The channel is now separated from Marsh Road only by a chain link fence, which has been broken through by errant motorists at least four times since March 2015.

Because the work on the culvert is in a waterway, the state allows work only between April 15 and Oct. 15, leaving the town scrambling to be able to complete the job quickly. The town is also trying to schedule around school vacations.

The town has been meeting with neighboring jurisdictions and public safety officials to coordinate the closure.

The town website has a page about the project.

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