Tuesday: Menlo Park grapples with Willows traffic emergency


The Menlo Park City Council is scheduled to discuss at its meeting Tuesday (Nov. 14) what to do about the drastically worsened traffic that's resulted from the installation last week of new signals at the Willow Road/U.S. 101 interchange.

The council may consider short-term measures such as: installing "No through traffic" signs; asking the police department to increase enforcement, block off streets or divert traffic; or even increasing capacity on Willow Road, where possible, during specific commute periods, such as from 4 to 7 p.m.

However, there may be limitations to what the city can do, as the project to rebuild the interchange belongs to Caltrans.

Jeff Weiss, Caltrans spokesman, explained that the next phase of the project requires taking out two of the existing highway ramps, which reduces how many cars can fit into the interchange. "There's no way to avoid that," he said.

Even after people adjust to the new traffic conditions, he said, there's not enough space for cars at the interchange to rebuild it without causing traffic delays in the interim. This period of the project is expected to last six months, he said.

The Menlo Park City Council's meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. at the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Civic Center. See the meeting agenda here or watch the meeting online here.

Earlier story: Menlo Park: New traffic signal snarls Willows neighborhood in gridlock (Nov. 10).


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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Nov 15, 2017 at 10:54 am

The traffic congestion on Bay Road from the Suburban Park neighborhood out to Willow in the early afternoon is awful. It took me 45 minutes to travel from Greenwood to Willow and 4 attempts to get through the light @ Willow to get onto southbound 101.

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Posted by Brian
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Nov 17, 2017 at 12:06 pm

Brian is a registered user.

Does anyone else think that Caltrans screwed up this project in a huge way. First not understanding the impact of their changes and second not willing to do anything to mitigate the traffic nightmare they caused. Someone should be fired for this debacle.

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