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Woodside: Lane-painting mistake on Woodside Road

 

A painting mistake by crews working for the California Department of Transportation has widened the driving area for motor vehicles on Woodside Road by 2 feet in front of the elementary school, where it is supposed to be narrower.

In 2013, based on a $400,000 school-safety audit commissioned by the town, each traffic lane was resized to 11 feet wide -- 1 foot narrower than Caltrans standard -- to make room for pedestrians on both sides of the road and to add room for parking on the south side.

The road was recently repaved and repainted to standard lane widths. The town is working with Caltrans to quickly restore the narrower lanes, Town Manager Kevin Bryant said.

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Posted by More walking and biking
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 1, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Why not 10 foot traffic lanes and add more space for pedestrians and bicycles?

"Lane widths of 10 feet are appropriate in urban areas and have a positive impact on a street’s safety without impacting traffic operations." from National Association of City Transportation Officials report
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Posted by Jeffrey
a resident of another community
on Sep 1, 2016 at 8:37 pm

Moreover, shoulders are not adequate as bike lanes. Caltrans never maintain the shoulders. They are always cracked and uneven - dangerous for bicyclists.


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