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Menlo Park traffic jam expected to last weeks

Original post made on Oct 12, 2012

Lately it's taking almost an hour to drive from one end of Menlo Park to the other along a two-mile stretch of El Camino Real during commute hours. Drivers sit staring at green lights and motionless traffic, wondering what's going on.

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Posted by Yah But
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 12, 2012 at 6:02 am

But all that standing traffic makes for a much safer bike route. I can zip past by all those poor trapped car people and can make it through that 2 mile stretch in nearly effortless minutes. Just saying, there is a silver lining, but Cal train should get on the fast track for repairs.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:36 am

I have typically found it bad traffic to drive through Menlo Park, so I generally avoid the area. I also dislike the nonsense of not being able to go directly across ECR from Alma (and the reverse) - so silly and inconvenient.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 14, 2012 at 6:19 am

The reason for the Alma block was a deal made with Stanford when they expanded Sand Hill to 4 lanes. The block eliminates the cut-through traffic which would have run between 101 and 280. And since University Ave was/is already congested, everyone knew that all of those non-resident commuters would use the residential streets to avoid going through downtown.

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