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County embarks on project to renovate Middlefield Road through North Fair Oaks

Original post made on Jan 8, 2021

Years in the making, a San Mateo County Public Works project to overhaul a busy half-mile of Middlefield Road through North Fair Oaks is out to bid now. Construction is set to start in the spring.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 8, 2021, 11:39 AM

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Posted by Twentse
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jan 8, 2021 at 1:36 pm

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It's about time! We gave so much input and then it took a good seven years. Wow! Anyway, there is hope.

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Posted by BumpyRoad
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Jan 8, 2021 at 7:57 pm

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Great to see the county spending some money there!!! The article said "Approval for the project involved working with many local, state and federal agencies, as well as Union Pacific Railroad...". Does this mean that the railroad crossing near Pacific Avenue and Northside Avenue is going to be improved, or left as is? Note that there are actually 3 sets of railroad tracks located there, and that 'triple crossing' (if you will) has been TERRIBLY rough for at least 30 years. Hope to God someone improves those crossings. Along the same line (no pun intended) the north/east-bound RR crossing at Marsh Road could use some attention as well. If I'm not mistaken, SamTrans owns the old Dumbarton Rail Corridor, but SamTrans won't maintain the crossings. For some confusing legal reason, UPRR is still responsible for maintaining the crossings at 2nd, 5th, Marsh, Chilco, and Willow, at least as far as I know. Most of these crossings are horrible and they should be better maintained, especially given the huge number of cars that use these crossings daily. But UPRR doesn't really care, and why would they? It's pretty much an old defunct rail line that doesn't earn them any real money. I still don't understand why SamTrans doesn't just assume full ownership and then fix those crossings. Such a bureaucratic disaster.

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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 9, 2021 at 8:58 am

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This is just going to force more traffic onto an already overcrowded El Camino. Brilliant.

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