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Calming nerves without stopping traffic

Original post made by Allen Podell, Community Center, on Jun 16, 2006

Nothing can fix our traffic problems, but I have a few suggestions, and I hope that others will apply these thoughts to their pet problems.

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Posted by Jocelyn Dong
associate editor of the Palo Alto Weekly
on Jun 17, 2006 at 5:14 pm

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I can appreciate the creative thinking regarding traffic problems. My question: Is there anything to be done about the on-ramp to 101 south at Embarcadero/Oregon? There are three streams of traffic that merge together before everyone tries to inch their way onto 101. Although cars don't back up onto Oregon or Embarcadero during the evening rush hour (at least, I haven't experienced it), waiting to get onto 101 is still a headache.

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Posted by Allen Podell
a resident of Community Center
on Jun 18, 2006 at 10:51 pm

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Jocelyn, a little widening of the region where the 3 lanes converge would work wonders. The exiting traffic would be able to move right, and out of the way of the entering traffic.
The exiting traffic merging onto Embarcadero West cannot easily alternate merge, because the cars on Embarcadero overtake them too fast. Those cars should be moving at the speed they will be travelling when they enter the 101 S ramp, about 20 mph.