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101 to be widened from Marsh to Embarcadero

Original post made on May 23, 2008

Plans are starting on a project to add an auxiliary lane in each direction on U.S. Highway 101 between Marsh and Embarcadero roads, a frequently traffic-clogged stretch.



Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 22, 2008, 10:35 PM

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Posted by Matt Raschke
a resident of Santa Rita (Los Altos)
on May 23, 2008 at 8:19 am

VTA is also working on an auxiliary lane project for 101 from Embarcadero to 85. It looks like the timeline for that project is very similar: Web Link

Construction is expected to begin in 2011 and end in 2014.


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Posted by Bob Wenzlau
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 23, 2008 at 10:36 am

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While I hate to admit driving a car, it would be great if the project would add a passing lane within the north bound Embarcadero exit. Anyone who has tried, knows that the exit lane fails for a driver going north on 101 and exiting to west Embarcadero. You have Oregon Expressway unloading and blocking the exit for Embarcadero. The bottleneck seems that it could be easily fixed if they put a second lane into that off ramp area. Oh, if I could be traffic engineer for a day!


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 23, 2008 at 1:33 pm

Let's hope none of these are diamond lanes.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 23, 2008 at 1:47 pm

Let's hope none of these are diamond lanes.


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Posted by Shannon
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 24, 2008 at 8:39 am

I don't think an extra lane will help much. The bottlenecks are from:
- Dumbarton bridge traffic having no good way to get on and off the freeway
- The International School lineup on Bayshore at 3pm each day, that ends up backing up traffic all the way to the Embarcadero, which then clogs the offramp from the freeway

They need to turn the road from Marsh and 101 to the Dumbarton into a freeway with proper ramps.

If cars are stopped on the freeway waiting to get onto Marsh Rd., no matter how many lanes you make, you will always get a clog there.


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Posted by Driver
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 24, 2008 at 8:56 am

The problem is as Shannon mentions. What is worse for me and many other PA drivers who occasionally have to get on at Oregon is the tailback on Oregon to past the lights on Bayshore/Oregon. We need to get something done as some of this traffic is one driver cars wanting to get onto the bridge, but at the same time there is a lot of carpool traffic wanting to go further north and the tailback affects all northbound traffic not just that wanting to exit at University or Marsh.


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Posted by Add a lane - by getting rid of one
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 24, 2008 at 10:40 am

I hope they do not ask Palo Alto Residents how to add a new lane on 101. If they do - after a lot of pondering the Palo Alto process will get rid of a lane - along with the associated guilt of driving and not being green.

The council will be see itself as a winner.



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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on May 24, 2008 at 6:34 pm

In an act of institutional racism, Mayor Enid Pearson vetoed a direct Dumbarton-Oregon link, thus dumping commute traffic through East Palo Alto. [Yes, the same Enid Pearson whose proposal to contribute $50,000 of City money to the Boc Mai Hospital Fund was stopped by my lawsuit]


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Posted by 45 year PA resident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 25, 2008 at 9:31 am

Shannon -
I couldn't agree more. It is pathetic that the Dumbarton arterial has no where to go once it dumps on to Bayfront Expressway. There should be no break in the freeway system as 84 leads to 101. And, please, don't put it to a vote - the Palo Alto process will kill it, the problem will still be here 25 years from now. Shannon, you nailed the problem exactly. Hopefully some transportation people are listening.


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Posted by Driver
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 25, 2008 at 9:44 am

It is well known that the intersection that killed the famous journalist (can't remember his name now) is an accident black spot. The reason so many cars drive recklessly through this could be knowledge that getting a red light here can cause a 10 minute delay as traffic backs up before getting to the freeway. There is also the Midpeninsula high school which must add to the problems. If traffic coming out of the high school could turn left at the light ( there would have to be a change made to the lights and the median) rather than having to turn right and do a U turn, it could possibly help the situation too.


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