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Stop light at Alma Plaza

Original post made by svatoid on Jan 9, 2012

The Daily Post is reporting today that the developer of alma plaza will be putting in a stop light on Alma Street 600 feet north of the East Meadow Drive intersection. Can someone just decide to put in a stop light wherever they please? How will this affect traffic at the intersection? Will we see backups because of the stop light si such close proximity? Let's not forget what is happening at Town and Country with the stop lights there

Comments (3)

Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2012 at 9:25 am

I agree that the new Alma Plaza will require some traffic reconfiguration but I don't think just putting in another stop light is a good idea for many reasons.

A much better idea would be to make the Meadow/Alma intersection a "super intersection" with one light configuration to prevent traffic getting stuck twice or large amounts of traffic getting between the lights and preventing other traffic from moving when they have a green light.

This should have been done at Town and Country with a six way light configuration at the intersection of ECR and Embarcadero with T&C and Paly both moving their exits to the corners to enable a six way configuration super intersection.

I am glad to see that the Mitchell Park light will no longer be one of these two separate light configurations, which only caused confusion and frustration although on a much smaller level.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 9, 2012 at 10:05 am

I'm glad you mentioned about the Embarcadero/T & Country area traffic signals -- they are dreadful. I am not opposed to traffic signals in general - let's hope they actually think about in advance about this one and observe what happens with it. Embarcadero is even more of a pain in the neck than it was previously - some change is needed.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Embarcadero - T&Country needs a switchable lane - 2 lanes Westbound in the morning, 2 lanes Eastbound in the PM


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