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Concrete Islands on Arastradero

Original post made by Joe on Feb 9, 2011

One of our Barron Park neighbors posted this today on our mailing list. I thought others might be interested in what's happening with the construction activity and changes occurring on Arastradero Road.

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The City recently installed two concrete islands on Arastradero Road. Several Barron Park residents have asked about them because they look permanent, whereas the Arastradero Road re-striping project is still a trial.

The information below is from the City's Transportation Division. If you have further questions and comments, please direct them to transportation@cityofpaloalto.org

*Explanation:* The islands are a part of the trial project and can be
removed if the City utilimately decides against the project. They were
built with very shallow foundations. The reason the islands are concrete is that there is not a safe way to paint lines on the street that can simulate what is being tested at these locations. The concrete island at Clemo Drive is a key element of the enhanced crosswalk at that location to help create a refuge area for pedestrians, but installation was delayed until recently due
to contract coordination. The new island at Hubbart St was proposed the City in the late fall in efforts to further encourage speed reductions. An island was necessary to protect the pole in the median. The City added a second sign for eastbound traffic at the same location on an existing streetlight pole. The previously existing sign near the cemetery will be removed later if the City receives concerns about multiple signs in the same direction.

Within a couple of weeks (after the traffic signal construction at
Arastradero/Coulombe is complete), reflectors will be added around the
islands and the island noses will be painted white. There will also be
other roadway markings.

Comments (3)

Posted by resident, a resident of Gunn High School
on Feb 10, 2011 at 12:58 am

Overall the islands seem very dangerous. Maybe painting the curbs will make them more visible, they just seemed out of place. I generally like the idea of one lane, but this is occurring to close to El Camino, during the morning commute esp it is very dangerous. The Island just seemed to be in the wrong place and to be potential problem as drivers are cautious to stay away from the bike lane.


Posted by Parent, a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

I still think this whole change is hugely ill-advised. It makes Arastradero a complete nightmare for drivers, many of whom are teen drivers with newly-minted licenses on the way to Gunn. Bikers do not seem that much better served given that they now ride three abreast--their behavior makes the street no safer. I've seen multiple wrecks since the changes and I know that everyone who drives has to leave MUCH earlier for Gunn. I wish the traffic engineers would consider everyone using the road in total, not just bikers and pedestrians. I wish they would go back to 4 lanes.


Posted by Palo Parent, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 10, 2011 at 10:22 am

Parent: It's not about what you want or need, it's about what the traffic planners think you want or need. See the difference?


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