The city of Menlo Park invites the public to a community meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 4, to discuss a proposed pedestrian and bike crossing – either under or over the tracks – at Middle Avenue in Menlo Park.
This city project would be adjacent to a large public plaza proposed by Stanford University as part of its planned 459,000-square-foot, mixed-use development along El Camino Real.
The meeting will be held at the Menlo Church Social Hall at 700B Chestnut Lane in downtown Menlo Park.
People are invited to state their preference for an overcrossing or undercrossing of the tracks, and to ask questions and comment on the proposed design.
The crossing is a city project, but the university has agreed to make a significant contribution toward the cost of construction. The Menlo Park City Council has appointed two of its members – Peter Ohtaki and Ray Mueller – to a [subcommitteeto negotiate the terms of an agreement with Stanford.
In March, the city agreed to a $541,000 contract with engineering consultant AECOM to work on preliminary designs. Much of the money comes from a San Mateo County grant, funded by the Measure A half-cent transportation sales tax. The city will contribute $210,000.
AECOM is also working on a city study of "grade-separation" projects that would separate roadways from the rail lines at Ravenswood Avenue and possibly Oak Grove and Glenwood avenues.