Council members were shown the 95 percent completed plans at their March 21 meeting. While adding the bike lanes, signs and pavement painting will visually alter Middlefield Road, the changes are needed to make the route safer for the many students and pedestrians who use it, council members said.
"This is really going to change the look of Middlefield Road," said council member Elizabeth Lewis. But, she said, "We have a responsibility to do as much as we can to make it as safe as we can."
"I think it's the right thing to do," she said. "People will not be happy, but they will get used to it."
Council member Mike Lempres agreed. "It's going to make a splash on Middlefield Road," he said, but added "I'm comfortable with where we're going."
On April 16 the council will be asked to approve soliciting bids for the project. Construction would take place this summer with the project completed by the time school starts next fall.
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