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Middlefield Re-Striping Concern

Original post made by Richard Vaughan, another community, on Jul 14, 2015

Is the merging lane when turning East on Marsh from Middlefield going away? With the new painting going on, it looks like it was striped as a solid line all the way up to the bike path crossing just at the intersection. it used to be that there was at least 50 yards of merged bike path with turn lane offered. If this is true, I predict much longer back-ups on Middlefield.
I also think that this is more dangerous for bicyclists as cars are going to cross the solid line anyways in order to bypass the back-up for the stop light. At least when the line was dashed, cyclists knew what to expect....

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Posted by Barbara Wood
Almanac staff writer
on Jul 14, 2015 at 3:10 pm

Barbara Wood is a registered user.

I shared this comment with the town of Atherton and they have offered this response:
The striping plan for this intersection was done by a state licensed traffic engineering firm. The striping is being installed as per plan.
Licensed traffic engineers use research, test information, traffic counts and other empirical data to come up with solutions to these types of non-standard intersection challenges, and their solutions should be followed through to the letter. We actually installed this intersection striping in paint last year and have been “testing” it out for about 9 months, with no adverse problems reported.
Our Town engineer will ascertain the striping has been installed exactly as designed prior to payment of our striper.
Steve Tyler, Town of Atherton, Public Works Superintendent

Posted by Richard Vaughan
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 14, 2015 at 6:51 pm

Talked with David at the Town Hall. Seems to be a striping mistake and they are going to re-do that part to include the merging lane. As they haven't finished with the project yet, this will be a part that gets fixed down the road.
Thanks for the follow-up, Barbara!

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