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New Pope-Chaucer Bridge proposed

Original post made on Apr 30, 2019

About two years in the making, the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (JPA) has released a draft environmental impact report exploring a series of options to minimize the threat of flooding caused by San Francisquito Creek upstream of U.S. 101.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 10:49 AM

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Posted by henry fox
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 30, 2019 at 3:10 pm

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The bridge looks spectacular.

I would like to know how the construction time will be spent. Can it be shortened?
Will the bridge be prefabbed?

Look forward to not paying flood insurance. Let's not delay.


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Posted by Lori Hobson
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 30, 2019 at 3:59 pm

That rendering looks much nicer than earlier concepts.


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Posted by no flood walls
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 30, 2019 at 6:38 pm

In his 2014 Candidate Statement, Drew Combs highlighted protection of San Francisquito Creek (Web Link), now he says the major goal of the JPA is protection from a 100-year flood. The JPA continues to to study Flood walls. Questions for Kate Bradshaw:
1. Will Drew Combs demand that flood walls be removed from the JPA's analysis?
2. Has Drew Combs ever spoken before Council or the JPA on this matter?
3. How many JPA meetings has Drew Combs attended in the past four years before being appointed to the JPA?


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Posted by The Election is Over
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 1, 2019 at 8:03 am

Stop harassing Drew and Kate. The election is over. Let it go. Flood walls aren’t even the subject of the article.


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Posted by The Election is Over
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on May 1, 2019 at 8:10 am

Also it’s pretty transparent it’s sour grapes when you are quoting a candidate statement from two elections ago. 2014 candidate statement...really? Let it go.


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Posted by flood Insurance stays
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on May 1, 2019 at 5:04 pm

Henry Fox,
These changes to the creek and chaucer st bridge will not produce protection from a 100 yr flood where the water flows at 8150 cubic ft of water per second. Consequently, these changes will not affect your having to buy flood insurance. You'll still be on the hook.

The plan being proposed will accommodate 7500 cubic feet per second. That a 75 year flood.

If Stanford would agree to 2 detention ponds on its land, a peak flow event would hold a total 1500 cubic feet for about 11 hours. Why not build thee ponds first and wait 5 years before channelizing the creek with cement riprap and removing the Chaucer St Bridge?

Several years ago the Ex Dir of the creek JPA said doing away with flood insurance was the motivation for the removal of the bridge. Now we learn that the project before us will not meet that goal.

There are 15 alternatives but the Ex Dir. has chosen only three that he considers viable. Palo Alto, Santa Clara Water District and East Palo Alto have the votes to go forward with one of the 3 proposals. Menlo Park and San Mateo County can be outvoted. The work done at University and 101 is complete and could make a difference.

Problem is sea level rise. Without retention ponds to hold back water, the increased flow will meet the bay and the back up will cause flooding. Let's make sure this project will do what the EIR claims.


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