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Why Alma Street is always 1/2 closed for construction
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by Alma Elementary school parent driver, Old Palo Alto,
on Mar 13, 2010
I drive to Alma Street many times a day, since I live on Kellogg Avenue, and very close to Alma. I drive 2 kids to Hoover Elementary School that starts at 8AM. I have to leave home with 2 5 year old on the back car seats at 7:30 when there is a ton of PALY parents driving their older kids to High School. These Palo Alto High School parents drive their spoiled teenagers crossing Churchill, then Churchill becomes crowded, so they use Kellogg and clog it all the way to Emerson every single weekday. That creates the first nightmare in early morning for me. Because of that: The traffic is miserable before 7:45 when more than One thousand 4 hundred Paly teachers, faculty, workers and Parents and their spoiled students teens flock like a car bird migration. More high School kids should let their older parents rest at home and ride their bikes to school. Spring in coming and next week is all sunshine and warm! :). But the pain do not stop here: The street construction workers have already closed one lane in 2 or sometimes 3 parts of Alma from the point I fight to get to Alma until I turn right on Charleston Road. The closures of ALMA have been going on for a couple of month now. The asphalt on Alma is deplorable, with shovel patches all over. the Center line is almost gone. the division between the each lane is also in bad shape. You just drive by adjusting you car in the best way comparing to the other cars. Alma is by far the most busy, with more cars crossing any point per minute than El Camino or any other Road in Palo Alto. When is all the digging done? Are they going to re-asphalt the surface of the street when work is done? Are the Elderly Paly parents going to stop treating their grown up kids, and get them a bicycle?