Demolition noise noise was noticeable to people who live some distance from the construction site. Jane Garratt, who lives near Ringwood Avenue, said she could still hear noise at 9 or 10 p.m. the night of Jan. 2, and another member of her household said she was awakened in the middle of the night by demolition noises.
The recent demolition work involved removing the sidewalks from the existing overpass, according to Caltrans spokesperson Jeffrey Weiss. Next, Caltrans will build two new bridges — one northbound, the other southbound — on either side of the existing overpass to carry traffic across the highway. Eventually, the existing overpass will be demolished and replaced with a connection between the two bridges to make a single extra-wide bridge, he said.
When completed, the new interchange will accommodate eight lanes of traffic, with wider off-ramps, and will have new sidewalks and dedicated bike lanes.
The next immediate steps for the project, according to a Menlo Park construction update, are for Caltrans to demolish the outside portions of the overpass and the sound walls along Bay Road and Van Buren Road; install temporary concrete barriers on the freeway; prepare the soil for the new overpass; add road striping on Willow Road and ramps; prepare for the new bridge abutments; install new water lines on Pierce Road, Bay Road, Willow Road and East Bayshore Road; and remove or trim trees and vegetation in the project area.
How to cross U.S. 101
Sidewalks on both sides of Willow Road remain closed. People can take a free 24-hour shuttle service to safely navigate Willow Road between Newbridge Street and Durham Street by calling 415-263-4000.
Cyclists are encouraged to take an alternate route across the highway at the Ringwood Avenue bike and pedestrian bridge.
Go to is.gd/build483 to access the city's construction alert webpage for the latest updates.
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