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Fixing Woodside's 'structurally deficient' bridges

Original post made on Dec 4, 2012

For at least 100 years in the rural community that is now Woodside, three two-lane, single-span bridges -- on Kings Mountain Road, Portola Road and Mountain Home Road -- have spanned three meandering waterways: Union Creek, Alimbique Creek and Bear Gulch Creek. The bridge on Mountain Home is 112 this year and eligible to be listed as a state historic resource.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 10:17 AM

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 4, 2012 at 11:28 am

Replacement Woodside bridge without federal funding.
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Posted by time to walk The Walk
a resident of Woodside: other
on Dec 4, 2012 at 11:47 am

Enough big government! This is not a federal project!

Install toll booths and let the Free Market fund it.

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Posted by Long time resident
a resident of Woodside: other
on Dec 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

I am sure the original settlers of Woodside thought, "Oh no, if we put in the roads then the cars will come and where will the riders ride...relegated to the small path alongside the black ribbon of asphault...oh the shame of it...." In case you hadn't noticed Woodside's character has changed. There is so much traffic that there is absolutley NO charm to the town from 8am to 5 pm. Keeping the bridges in their current state just makes the towns people look like the have their head in the ground! It is downright dangerous.

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Posted by La Hondan
a resident of another community
on Dec 5, 2012 at 11:33 am

One of those bridges is on the commute path from Hwy. 84 to Sand Hill Road (think of all of the people who commute from Skyline, Skylonda, La Honda, San Gregorio and Pescadero to Stanford and Silicon Valley) and is an accident waiting to happen. Without that bridge, all of that traffic would go on Woodside Road and double the traffic at that end of town past the elementary school and Robert's - what a mess that would be! There are a lot of smart people in this community - having early 20th century bridges in the 21st century is not a smart solution - make the one on Portola Road wider, safer for cars, bikes, pedestrians and equestrians or the town will be in a world of hurt if it fails... Take the Federal money - those bridges are driven on by many who don't live in the town of Woodside, so it makes sense to share the cost with the larger tax base.

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Posted by Donald
a resident of another community
on Dec 8, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I recall a bicyclist fatality on the bridge on Mountain Home - a car driver forced a bicyclist into the concrete side. There may not be lots of crashes, but one of those is enough!

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