City to repave San Antonio Road, replace trees Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Aug 10, 2012 at 10:13 am
Palo Alto plans to launch on Monday the next phase of the San Antonio Road construction project, an effort that includes widening a section of the road, replacing street trees and repaving the busy street at the city's southern border.
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Posted by Diane, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm
Must be a slow news day. Mr Sheyner needs to check his facts and go see San Antonio Rd for himself. The work he describes has been underway for several months. All the trees from Middlefield Ave east, toward the 101, have already been taken down. Traffic has been snarled along this stretch all summer. It has actually been improving somewhat lately now that most of the removal/demolition work in the center of the roadway has been done.
Posted by Enough!, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2012 at 12:36 pm
San Antonio Road looks like any street in Irvine. No longer has that northern California look with beautiful trees lining the roadway. Instead, it has drought resistant shrubs. Ugly. Only thing uglier is California Avenue.
Posted by PA Neighbor, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2012 at 2:09 pm
When they started the project on San Antonio, they said it would take two years. One year to demolish what's there and a second year for removing roots, replanting and repaving.
Bikes are supposed to use Arastradero and East Charleston. San Antonio is going to be clogged with vehicles when the San Antonio Shopping Center is rebuilt. Hopefully, the project will be completed before all the facilities at San Antonio Shopping Center are occupied!!!
Posted by parent, a resident of the Charleston Gardens neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2012 at 4:24 pm
Hey David - yes we're fully aware of the city's position on miserable city-caused (and fully avoidable) traffic gridlock: "Get Used to It"
So therefore, the new "regular conditions" drive from Middlefield/Charleston intersection to Gunn that takes 1/2 hour (1.9 miles, an otherwise 7 minute drive, except for the AM before school hours, due to the ABSURD striping on Arastradero, which has is now "normal" regular 1/2 hour.), will become for some number of unknown period of time: 1/2 hour from Middlefield to Alma and another 1/2 from Alma to Gunn. 1 hour drive for 1.9 miles.
Certainly 'get used to it' is an entirely reasonable and expected response. Don't tell me, you're either a bike rider, or you don't have any reason to use that route during that commute hour.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Aug 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm
Today I avoided San Antonio traffic and used El Cam, Charleston, Alma. Big mistake. Charleston has road construction both sides of the tracks. Alma has construction with no right turns onto Loma Verde and other side streets. I saw nothing about Loma Verde being closed at Alma anywhere.
Getting around town has been very difficult lately.
Posted by Ungata, a resident of Los Altos Hills, on Aug 10, 2012 at 7:33 pm
The mayor of Los Altos Hills has been complaining that he can't ride his bike to the baylands along San Antonio. There are nice bike lanes up until you get to Mountain View and Palo Alto, then it is bad. Of course San Antonio is mostly residential in Los Altos and turns commercial near El Camino. Mountain View will be putting in bike lanes along the new shopping center, so then the only problem will be Palo Alto. How embarrasing.
Posted by Participant, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Aug 13, 2012 at 5:57 pm
The stone pines would not have been removed if they were not overgrown, dangerous, damaging to the road and way past their useful lifetime. Trees age and become brittle and overgrown. Who ever planted them did not make a good choice. Oh, and by the way, they were hideous and provided little shade. The new plantings so far, are not yet mature, but include a variety of shade trees and flowers. It is an investment in the future for the area. Unlike the California Avenue clear cutting, this was done properly. I know some people were very attached to the stone pines. To each his own. However, sometimes the city actually does the right thing, as here.
Posted by Local driver, a resident of the Meadow Park neighborhood, on Aug 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm
The stone pine trees were removed because of a horrible accident that severely injured a teenager driving up San Antonio who crashed into one of the trees because his car skidded on the raised up root system. In fact it was that accident that has prompted the City to complete the entire San Antonio project.