Atherton: Marsh Road drainage channel project moving ahead

Aug. 13 is scheduled date to reopen to two-way traffic

Atherton officials say the contractors are making significant progress in installing a new drainage channel along Marsh Road.

Contractor Granite Construction has finished most of the demolition work and is getting ready to pour concrete.

The road is expected to reopen to two-way traffic on Aug. 13. Construction hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Until then motorists must use detours, including Woodside Road, 5th Avenue, Ringwood Avenue and Willow Road to get around the construction.

The town is replacing a deteriorating stone and concrete drainage channel with a cast-in-place concrete culvert. In addition to draining water from much of Atherton, the culvert acts as a retaining wall on Marsh Road.

The project also involves replacing the chain link fence which had proved ineffective at keeping errant motorists from plunging into the channel with a steel guard rail.

To ease the impacts of the Marsh Road detour during the project period, the town has added more pavement markings and traffic control signs in North Fair Oaks.

— Barbara Wood

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 11, 2016 at 12:12 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

The Town and Granite Construction are doing a great job.

Traffic problems have been well managed and there has been minimal disruption.

The project work looks to be very well done and is proceeding quickly.

Thanks to all concerned.

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Posted by One Way Soon?
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jul 11, 2016 at 3:50 pm

Nice to see a job proceed according to plan.

I remember reading that mid-way through one lane of Marsh would open to westbound traffic. Is that still going to happen?

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Posted by Weare allthesame
a resident of another community
on Jul 11, 2016 at 5:43 pm

About time they fix this area. That stop light area where Marsh meets Middlefield where that motorcycle cop always hides behind a private property fence to give out tickets should help that whole scenario out and help poor motorists who get baited into tickets. It bottle necks everything into one spot causing back up on Middlefield going into Atherton and baiting motorists into getting tickets.About time..

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Posted by Reality Check
a resident of another community
on Jul 12, 2016 at 4:30 pm

I'm curious: how do motorists "get baited into tickets" at Marsh & Middlefield?

Don't they have to willingly violate the California Vehicle Code first?

Or is the "hiding" police officer somehow baiting them into breaking the law?

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 12, 2016 at 5:25 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

Beat me to it Reality Check.

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