Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 19, 2013 at 3:10 pm
While they are at it, they should reconsider the ridiculous intersection at SandHill/ElCamino/Alma and allow through traffic across SandHill/Alma. This would alleviate some of the problems at T & C and also some of the Churchill traffic.
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 21, 2013 at 8:43 am
I'm interested in hearing why you say that opening up the Alma/ECR/Sand Hill, will never happening.
That mess must be partly responsible for rerouting through traffic to T&C and also to Churchill, both traffic headaches.
From south PA, the quickest way to Sand Hill or to parts of Stanford Shopping Center and hospital would be this intersection. Also SandHill to 101 would be much more direct by this route. Unfortunately, this sensible route is not available.
It causes traffic to use the Stanford Shopping Center parking lot as a short cut as well as traffic having to U Turn on ECR.
Getting traffic moving efficiently to where it wants to go, routing away from busy intersections and making school traffic on Churchill and Embarcadero safer (including bikes) must be an aim of our City. Translate "must be" to "making it a priority", when looking at potential traffic on any new downtown development.
I seem to remember that this intersection was changed relatively recently (10+ years??) and any reasonable thinking person could see that this has no advantage to anyone in this configuration.
Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Feb 22, 2013 at 3:32 pm
The intersection was open back when Sand Hill terminated at the Nordstrom corner of the shopping center. There was no direct Sand Hill onto Alma back then...you had to weave your way through the shopping center parking lot to get to the intersection.
In fact there used to be a light for a 3-way intersection that was positioned at the center driveway off of ECR...running right up to the walk/entry that bisects the center (Bloomingdales on the left).
Long before the Sand Hill extension was initiated, Menlo Park was supposed to create the Willow Expressway. The was that the Willow Expressway would have complemented the Oregon Expressway as the direct roads to 101.
Frankly, the attitude is --- MP you're not doing your fair share of getting cars from West/East, we've done our bit.
The result of opening up the Alma intersection would be massive cut-through of Downtown North. There would be a massive environmental impact lawsuit. That's why it won't happen.
Menlo Park should hold up their end of their 1960's promise/bargain.