Middle Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Rail Crossing

This project will provide a grade separated pedestrian and bicycle rail crossing through the Caltrain railway to create a pedestrian and bicycle connection and create a new crossing opportunity across the tracks. The crossing will be located near Middle Avenue, connecting Alma Street near Burgess Park to El Camino Real at the proposed open space plaza as identified in the El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan. 
This crossing will improve connectivity for neighborhoods on both sides of the Caltrain tracks to city amenities, schools, public transit and downtown Menlo Park. The project will expand on the undercrossing study completed in 2007-08 where the preferred Middle Avenue crossing location was selected. This project will develop preliminary design alternatives, seek community feedback around a preferred alternative and complete environmental documentation.

This City project is independent from the proposed Middle Plaza at 500 El Camino Real Project, but coordination is on-going to ensure integration with the public plaza and pedestrian promenade.

Current status

A consultant team has been hired to provide preliminary engineering, public outreach, environmental and design services to complete a preliminary design and environmental documentation for a preferred selected alternative for the Middle Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Crossing project. The project’s first of three community meetings was held on May 4, 2017. City Council has identified this project as a high priority project in the 2019 work plan, approved on March 12, 2019. Staff is providing an Informational Item update to City Council on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

 Date  Topic  Location
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
7 p.m.
City Council meeting - project status update (Informational Item)
Staff Report
City Council Chamber
701 Laurel St.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
6:30-8 p.m.
Community Meeting #1
Meeting summary
Menlo Church Social Hall
(behind ACE Hardware)
700B Chestnut Lane

Project background

Read about the project history