Jun 21

SamTrans, shuttle and parking changes in Belle Haven

Posted on June 21, 2021 at 7:54 pm by Clay Curtin

The construction of the Menlo Park Community Campus project that will incorporate the current Onetta Harris Community Center, Menlo Park Senior Center, Belle Haven Youth Center, Belle Haven Pool and branch library is now underway. Construction is expected to last two years until mid-2023. However, construction will require minor detours for SamTrans route 281 and the City of Menlo Park Crosstown Shuttle, along with some impacts to nearby on-street parking.

New construction site fencing is going up and will affect parking and bus services. Starting Monday, June 28, 2021, SamTrans route 281 will no longer turn into the Onetta Harris Community Center parking lot to loop around to its terminal. The last stop for route 281 will be at Market Place and Del Norte Avenue (in front of 205 Market Place). For the westbound return trips to the Stanford Shopping Center, route 281 will use Del Norte Avenue and Pierce Road to loop back to Newbridge Street, resulting in the temporary suspension of the westbound stops at Market Place and Del Norte Avenue by Karl E. Clark Park. For passengers normally using these stops, please board at the Market Place and Del Norte Avenue 281 terminal for trips toward Stanford Shopping Center. More information is available on SamTrans Route 281 webpage

Also starting Monday, June 28, 2021, the City of Menlo Park Crosstown Shuttle will no longer enter the Onetta Harris Community Center parking lot. The last stop/terminal for the Crosstown Shuttle will now be located on Terminal Avenue, near the corner of Del Norte Avenue, just in front of 150 Terminal Ave. There are no schedule changes for the shuttle, just a change for the shuttle’s final stop. Passengers may also use the free Crosstown Shuttle to get to the Menlo Park Senior Center’s temporary location at the Arrillaga Family Recreation Center, which is located a short walk from the shuttle’s Menlo Park Library stop. For more information, maps and schedules, please visit the Crosstown Shuttle webpage.

In order to facilitate the new layover locations for Route 281 and Crosstown Shuttle buses, temporary red curb and “No Parking” will be added. The temporary red curb installation should last two years during project’s construction and be removed once construction is completed and the buses return to their original terminals. For Market Place and Del Norte Avenue, 70 feet of red curb will be installed at the current SamTrans stop from the intersection to the first driveway. At Terminal Avenue and Del Norte Avenue, 40 feet of new red curb will be added from the existing 20 feet of red curb to the first driveway. The approval of this temporary red curb and “No Parking” restrictions will be considered at the July 14, 2021, Complete Streets Commission meeting

For more information on the Menlo Park shuttles, please visit the Menlo Park Shuttle website or call 650-330-6770. For more information on SamTrans, please visit the SamTrans website or call 800-660-4287.

Jun 14

Community meetings June 15-16 on biking/walking safety near schools

Posted on June 14, 2021 at 7:56 pm by Clay Curtin

Menlo Park has collected 173 responses to its survey on walking and biking safety near schools. 

During April and May, the Menlo Park community was invited to participate in a survey on safety near the schools. The participants were able to provide feedback on pedestrian and bicycle infrastructures by choosing from five categories of issues: sidewalks, street crossings and intersections, comfort, driver behavior and safety. The survey also included an interactive map where respondents could locate the issue. 

The three top problems mentioned in the survey were regarding driver behavior (29%), sidewalks (27%) and street crossings and intersections (25%). The Safe Routes to School team has analyzed the data collected through the survey and identified “corridors” where issues are concentrated and which jurisdiction is in charge. Among those corridors are Santa Cruz Avenue, Encinal Avenue, Laurel Street, Valparaiso Avenue, Ringwood Avenue, Middlefield Avenue, Bay Road and Coleman Avenue. 

The survey will be complemented by two virtual community meetings scheduled at 4 p.m., June 15, and 6 p.m., June 16. During the meetings, the Safe Routes to School team will show the data collected through the survey and participants will be able to discuss the issues and potential community-led solutions in breakout sessions. 
May 31

Contractor to resurface portion of Middle Avenue in June

Posted on May 31, 2021 at 5:19 pm by Clay Curtin

Middle Avenue will soon be resurfaced between Olive Street and San Mateo Drive. This project includes corrective measures to fix the paving performed in November 2020. Field samples show that the current pavement contains a high amount of air voids. Air voids that are either too great or too low can cause a significant reduction in pavement life. This may lead to continued pavement damage and pavement failure.

At its own expense, the contractor will install a new asphalt overlay and restripe the street. This work is planned for June 14-18, when Oak Knoll School students are on their summer break. Electronic message boards will notify motorists of exact construction dates. The work may include partial lane closures, as needed. 

Contact Associate Engineer Rene Punsalan for questions or more information.