Motorists appear to be figuring out alternative routes with the closure of Marsh Road in Atherton that began this week and will continue through mid-August, local officials say.
Atherton Mayor Elizabeth Lewis and an Almanac reporter visited the construction site and some of the nearby side streets this morning between 8 and 10 a.m., and while some motorists were cutting through on nearby neighborhood streets, traffic appeared to be flowing normally or even faster than usual on Middlefield Road.
The evening commute could be a different story, especially if motorists try to use Ringwood Avenue as an alternative to Marsh Road; that's because graduation at Menlo-Atherton High School, located on Middlefield Road at Ringwood, is at 4 p.m. today (June 2).
Laurel School, on Edgewood Road off Ringwood Avenue, is having an open house from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Mayor Lewis has asked the town to hire more flaggers to help direct motorists to the detour routes, which use Bay Road or Middlefield Road to get to Willow Road in Menlo Park, Woodside Road in Redwood City or 5th Avenue in Redwood City.
City Manager George Rodericks said that 20,000 cars normally use Marsh Road each day.
Meanwhile, on the Marsh Road construction site, crews are cutting back trees that might impede the equipment needed to replace the deteriorating drainage channel with a new cast-in-place concrete structure. Atherton's Town Arborist, Sally Bentz has been approving and overseeing all tree work.
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