Menlo Park: Project launched to rebuild Willow/101 interchange


• Today: Menlo Park meeting on Willow Road traffic woes.


Work has officially begun on a project to rebuild the Willow Road and U.S. 101 interchange, following a groundbreaking event held Tuesday, May 16.

The Caltrans project, expected to take two years to complete, was funded with a Measure A allocation of $56.4 million and a $10.4 million loan from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority.

The new interchange will have eight lanes of traffic, widened off-ramps, dedicated bike lanes and sidewalks.

"It really does integrate everything," said Robert Haus, Caltrans spokesperson.

According to Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, the project is intended to move more cars more efficiently through the interchange. Having a separate bike path to cross U.S. 101, she said, will hopefully encourage more people to ride their bikes in Menlo Park.

According to Menlo Park Assistant Public Works Director Nikki Nagaya, Willow Road will stay open during construction, and will operate at its usual capacity, though the site will be an active construction area. During the two years of construction, she said, there is expected to be one weekend when the interchange will be fully closed, and 20 to 25 overnight road closures, at hours when the road is least used – usually between 1 a.m. and when the morning commute begins, she said.

Mayor Keith said that $66 million is a "huge amount" to raise to fund the project, which points to importance of the project for the whole county.


Sign up for Express to get news updates. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

What is democracy worth to you?
Support local journalism.


3 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 17, 2017 at 10:01 am

And still only one lane6 of traffic each direction of Willow Rd from 101 to Middlefield. Not much of an improvement.

8 people like this
Posted by Gertrude
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on May 17, 2017 at 12:22 pm

Bikes and freeway interchanges do not mix! The only way for a bike to make it safely over the freeway overpass is to have a separate bike/pedestrian bridge or freeway underpass. That is what is needed!

12 people like this
Posted by Shelly Kay
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

Mark my words!!. Just wait till you see what 2 new stop lights will do for Willow traffic. Guaranteed parking lot between Middlefield & Bayfront Expressway during commute hours.

2 people like this
Posted by James
a resident of another community
on May 17, 2017 at 9:11 pm

4 years to complete, double the budget. Any takers?

2 people like this
Posted by Gary Lauder
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on May 20, 2017 at 7:35 pm

This will make both traffic and safety worse. Making things worse is worth negative amounts, not $66M. My last written missive to the MP City Council was this one: Web Link

This should ultimately be blamed on the 3 city council members who supported it: KK, RC & PO, and on the city manager and his staff, and on CalTrans and to some extent SMCTA.

When things are much worse 3 years from now, will they blame themselves, or "changed circumstances" such as the many new buildings that they are allowing to be built? If they measured traffic throughput before and after, they could determine that.


Like this comment
Posted by Disgusted
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on May 20, 2017 at 11:05 pm

Great going. The area is gonna be impassable for decades to come....

There is a 'Masterplan', but it is not for the People.

3 people like this
Posted by member
a resident of another community
on Jun 21, 2017 at 7:53 pm

I only see menlo park people complaining about the solution. Do you actually take the dumbarton bridge and know how frustrating it is to wait 20 mins from 101 to willow which can be 2 mins ride

2 people like this
Posted by Arne
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jun 27, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Lots of snarky comments. No suggestions. A bike overpass exists. I use it. No need for me to ride my bike on Willow Road. The overpass is very steep, and a bike lane that is less than a 7 degree grade is much hoped for. And now my snarky comment: If you don't like the commute, why live here?

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle

on Sep 11, 2017 at 12:38 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

All your news. All in one place. Every day.

Legends Pizza Co. replaces Palo Alto Pizza Co.
By Elena Kadvany | 10 comments | 2,670 views

What is a "ton" of carbon dioxide anyway?
By Sherry Listgarten | 14 comments | 2,293 views

By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 1,003 views

Living as Roommates? Not Having Much Sex?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 714 views


Support local families in need

Your contribution to the Holiday Fund will go directly to nonprofits supporting local families and children in need. Last year, Almanac readers and foundations contributed over $150,000.