Belle Haven Traffic Calming Study

​The Belle Haven neighborhood is defined as the area bounded by Willow Road on the East, the Dumbarton Rail Corridor on the north, and U.S. 101 on the South.

Project description

The City is conducting a traffic calming study to address cut-through traffic concerns in the Belle Haven neighborhood through the use of traffic calming measures. 
Belle Haven Traffic Calming Study
Typically, cut-through traffic refers to trips generated outside of a predefined area and traveling through to a destination outside of the area. To counter this type of driving behavior, traffic calming measures such as education, enforcement and physical structures are often recommended and implemented as possible solutions.

Project history

Due to increased congestion on Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road, the Belle Haven neighborhood is experiencing increased cut-through traffic. As part of its Campus Expansion project approvals, Facebook is required to fund a neighborhood traffic calming plan for the Belle Haven neighborhood to reduce cut-through traffic.

On May 25, 2017, the City hosted a community meeting at the Menlo Park Senior Center. The feedback from the community identified a need for action to relieve the neighborhood cut-through traffic in lieu of more public meetings to describe the issues. As a result, the City reached out to qualifying consultants and reached an agreement with Parisi Transportation Consulting for the development of the Belle Haven Traffic Calming Study.

Next steps

The consultant, with guidance from the City, is currently preparing a draft study with recommended traffic calming measures intended to reduce neighborhood cut-through traffic. The draft study is tentatively projected to be released in July/August 2018, at which time the City will host community meetings to solicit feedback on recommended measures and the City process needed to install these measures for a 6-month trial period.

Upcoming meeting

 Date  Topic  Location
July 11, 2018
7 p.m.
Complete Streets Commission meeting
Menlo Park Senior Center Ballroom
110 Terminal Ave.

Past activities

 Date  Topic  Location
May 25, 2017
6-8 p.m.
Community Meeting #1
Menlo Park Senior Center Ballroom
110 Terminal Ave.
October 17, 2017
City Council-approved scope of work
Staff report
 City Council Chambers
701 Laurel St.