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Ugly soundwall still a hazard!

Original post made by Ugly, ugly, ugly on Aug 7, 2009

It appears that the work on the Loma Verde/Bayshore intersection by the ugly soundwall has been completed. It is now very unsatisfactory. For Bayshore southbound traffic the bike lane has almost vanished with a metal barrier taking its place. For cars exiting Loma Verde onto Bayshore in either direction, visibilty is still very bad as advertising signs block the approach of traffic from the left. This is now a very difficult intersection to use and sadly I await a serious accident.

By the way, one of these advertising signs shows Gunn High School. This new housing development is in the Paly boundary not Gunn.

Comments (8)

Posted by Palo Alto Native, a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Aug 8, 2009 at 1:18 am

They should take down all the signs and keep the wall blank for safety reasons. It really is distracting on the Bayshore side, and quite appalling.

Posted by porter, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 9, 2009 at 1:51 pm

In addition to the impinging advertising signs, turning south from Loma Verde is even more difficult as there's now some sort of planting strip bulging into the right lane - nothing planted in it and the concrete edges are almost impossible to see from the roadway. I pity the bicyclists who have to use that intersection. I also await an accident there, and sincerely hope it won't be me.

Posted by sarah, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 9, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Palo Alto has a bicycle improvement suggestion form here:
Web Link

Posted by gunn student, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 10, 2009 at 8:48 am

I noticed that the sign says "Gunn" high school. It is in Paly. Maybe they think Gunn sells better!

Posted by Loma Verde Resident, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 11, 2009 at 10:18 am

The visibility at the intersection is poor, and the soundwall is horrible. No bike lane is a real and significant problem, especially because motorists fly down bayshore like there is no speed limit.

But the bulges into the intersection are a good thing. Much like a speed bump, they are a traffic calming measure, forcing motorists to slow down as they take that corner and keeping speeds on Loma Verde more reasonable than they otherwise would be.

Of course, the city should plant some tall bushes there or something so that drivers can actually see them when they are close.

Posted by jfp, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm

The only problem I have with the sound wall is that it doesn't extend the entire length of the highway.

Posted by jim, a resident of Palo Verde
on Aug 11, 2009 at 5:16 pm

Sound wall should extend to San Antonio Rd. And should restrict the speed limited under 35 miles. It's will be better for people to ride the bike and limit the fled motorcycle

Posted by Sarah, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 11, 2009 at 5:38 pm

They need to make the road narrower and make the bike lane wider where the sound wall is.

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