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Menlo Park Updates

Oct 23

Organizational Development

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:28 am by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Nicole Mariano

City Manager Alex D. McIntyre has taken initial steps toward a management reorganization. He plans to transition Community Services Director Cherise Brandell to a new role as Organizational Development Project Manager through June 2018. In her new role, Cherise will be focusing her time on facilitating on a strategic plan for the organization, working with employees at all levels to create and strengthen staff engagement, supporting our leaders and managers in becoming stronger communicators and ensuring our engagement efforts are visibly linked to our mission. 

Separately, the City Manager named Assistant Community Services Director Derek Schweigart, the Interim Director. These changes will be effective October 30.

Organizational Development
Oct 23

Traffic Signals Coming to Willow Road at 101

Posted on October 23, 2017 at 9:20 am by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Angela Obeso

On Thursday, Oct. 26, and Friday, Oct. 27, traffic signals will be turned on for the intersections of Willow Road and the ramps to and from U.S. 101. The layout of the on- and off-ramps is also changing with both of the southbound ramps connecting to Willow Road on the south side of the street and both of the northbound ramps connecting to Willow Road on the north side of the street. This marks a major milestone in the interchange project’s process as the contractors move into the next phase of construction. These changes will be temporary for the second out of four stages and will allow the contractors to begin construction on some of the major ramp improvements. 

The interchange project will replace the existing interchange with a new, wider bridge; add sidewalks, bike lanes and protected bike paths on both sides; and add two signalized intersections. The current "full cloverleaf" style interchange will be replaced with a "partial cloverleaf" which will eliminate the short merge weaves both on Willow Road and on the freeway and will create a more efficient way for all modes of traffic, including bikes and pedestrians, to get across the freeway at Willow Road.

Visit the project webpage for more information about the project and stay tuned to the Construction News Updates for regular updates on construction activities and impacts.

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Oct 20

No matter the time it takes, water staff help keep the water flowing in Menlo Park

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 7:31 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Azalea A. Mitch

Two water leaks over the weekend were reported to Menlo Park Municipal Water (MPMW) staff Saturday and Sunday. Water staff, who are on call 24/7 to address emergencies, responded and identified the water leaks resulting from pipe failures at Independence and Sharon Oaks Drives. With an aging water system (many of the water system’s pipes are over 60 years old), water breaks of varying size occur on a regular basis. Currently, the MPMW has a Water Supervisor and two full time maintenance workers responsible for operating the system and maintaining about 60 miles of water pipes, one pump station, two reservoirs and 4,300 water meters. Due to the limited staffing, water main failures and repairs are often addressed with assistance from other divisions and private contractors. The leaks over this past weekend had staff working through the night and morning hours so the proper repairs could be made. Water quality was monitored and the flow to the affected residences and businesses was eventually restored. While the leaks were repaired, water staff had to get mandatory rest time after working through Sunday night and Monday morning before being able to return to their regularly scheduled shifts. No matter the time it takes, water staff help keep the water flowing in Menlo Park. 

No matter the time it takes water staff help keep the water flowing in Menlo Park