Atherton: Crosswalk stoplight activation delayed


Atherton's pedestrian-activated stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue, scheduled to go into operation on Aug. 1, has been delayed because its power is not hooked up, the town says.

The new stoplight, is the first of three that will be installed on El Camino Real. The lights, which stay dark until activated by pedestrians or bicyclists, were requested by the town after a series of serious accidents and fatalities along the busy state highway that cuts through the town.

The Almendral light was paid for by Atherton and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, which will be able to control it to allow vehicles to more easily travel from the fire station on Almendral.

Caltrans agreed in 2012 to pay for and install two more pedestrian-activated stoplights on El Camino at Isabella and Alejandra avenues, but Caltrans says those lights won't be installed until 2017.

The light at Almendral will be owned and maintained by Caltrans once it is installed.

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jul 31, 2016 at 5:10 am

The crosswalks on El Camino are just plain dangerous. It's six lanes of traffic and the signage just isn't sufficient. Pedestrians risk getting hit by motorists who just can't see that someone is trying to cross. Motorists who do obey the law and stop appropriately to let a pedestrian cross, risk getting rear ended by cars behind them who are surprised by the stop.

This is a good first step and I'm glad there is a crossing guard during the school year. In my opinion all of the crosswalks (more than just 3) need similar upgrades.

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Posted by Westside Trucker
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Aug 1, 2016 at 10:59 am

Good first step, but dont forget the real culprits - the speeders who drive El Camino 50 mil;es an hour or more always changing lanes. The police are doing a good job nailing some of them, but I would like to see them increase their presence

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