There are no bike lanes on Alpine or Portola roads in Portola Valley, but there are painted white fog lines that create shoulders that serve as bike lanes. In recognition of that function, the town of Portola Valley will be widening the shoulder at a brief and perhaps hazardous pinch point on northbound Portola Road near Farm Road.
The Town Council approved a resolution March 22 to spend about $122,000 to widen the shoulder, with most of the funding coming from a grant from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, according to Public Works Director Howard Young.
Construction is set to start May 29 and to be completed by June 30. Work will be done on both sides of the road, widening the shoulders to at least 5 feet, the report says, and will require the removal of six trees, which the town will make "best efforts" to preserve.
The project is the second of two road shoulder projects funded mainly by the transportation authority grant. In 2015, the town spent $256,300 to widen the shoulder and build a 400-foot retaining wall along the north side of Alpine Road at the intersection with Arastradero Road.
In all, the two projects involve $309,500 in grant money and $138,000 in funds from the town, a town staff report says.
In a related matter, the council approved a budget for 2016-17 of $527,628 to resurface Portola Road from the Woodside border to the Village Square shopping center, and from the intersection of Willowbrook Road to the intersection of Portola Green Circle.
If the budget allows, the repaving work will include $77,674 (in two allotments) to resurface Portola Road from the Village Square shopping center to the Spring Down Open Space preserve at the southern end of Town Center at 765 Portola Road.