San Antonio Road construction to delay traffic

Traffic impacts would occur from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting Nov. 28

Construction on San Antonio Road from Middlefield Road to the Highway 101 interchange could lead to traffic delays for one year, the City of Palo Alto Public Works Department has announced.

Starting Nov. 28 the city will be installing new landscaping, irrigation, medians, curbs and gutters; repairing uplifted sidewalks and driveways; and repaving streets, according to Elizabeth Ames, Palo Alto Public Works senior engineer.

Removing existing pine trees, which have severely damaged the roadway and sidewalks, will be the project's first step. The tree removal has been the subject of numerous community meetings and public outreach and notices were posted Nov. 14, giving a final 14-day notice of the removal, Ames said.

At least one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction of San Antonio at all times to minimize traffic disruption. Drivers should expect some delays during the construction hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays for approximately one year, Ames said.

The construction is the second part of a two-phase project. The first phase was completed in 2010 and involved similar work on San Antonio Road between Alma Street and Middlefield Road. Prior to the first phase, an environmental assessment was done for the entire corridor. Public outreach took place for all project components, including landscaping design and traffic management, she said.

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Posted by Me First
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:51 am

WHAT?! Hey, I drive a am I expected to tolerate ANY delay whatsoever???? Palo Alto is the selfish driver capital of the Peninsula
so this whole idea of delaying them will not go over well. Yes, even though its for the common good.

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Posted by Local Commuter
a resident of another community
on Nov 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm

My guess is that this road construction might not take as long if Mountain View owned that section of the road.

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Posted by paloaltotreewatch
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Nov 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Welcome to the city's big lie.

Not all of the trees being removed are for bumps in the road.
And the arborists who have allowed that to go forward in my book
are breaking ISA ethics of doing no harm.
It you read closely the arborists reports some trees are going out because they are in the way of the new irrigation system. Way to value trees folks.

The group of arborists, including the comprised Canopy are going to slowly ruin the canopy in the city.

Along with a city manager who does not appear to care about trees (at best) and at worst is driving this clearing cutting bus. We are in trouble.

Of course the whole group of city councilors that are allowing this to occur is just laughable. There is not a real environmentalist in the whole group. A bunch of part time gladhanders - half of them which should have run for election in the NOv and now get a free.

All of these organization signify a triple failure of the urban forest management function in this city,and it can't be soon enough till the whole group is shown the door.

Thanks for ruining Ca Ave, Mitchell Park play ground and library trees, Pardee PArk trees, PA Art Center Trees, now this.
What is next. We early await your next clear cut.
Yes we know - its the trees you are going to remove at PA MAin library.
Have you no shame.

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Posted by David
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 15, 2011 at 4:04 pm

And it only took the third comment from the green/save the trees group. The monterey pine trees are mature, likely diseased by pine pitch canker, and do more harm than good. A majority will appriciate clearing out the old trees and planting new ones. Hopefully they will create less mess, not buckle the roadway and sidewalks, and not have the roots grow into the underground sewer and storm drains. The Palo Alto, Mountain View and Los Altos residents will appriciate this project once it is completed. Great job by the Public Works Engineering Department for getting this project started. Stay the course.

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Posted by Safety First
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 15, 2011 at 10:56 pm

The surface of that section of San Antonio is an abomination - it's time to take down those ugly overgrown stone pine trees and re-plant.

The reason this section of San Antonio has at last got the City's attention was because about six months ago a young man skidded on the protruding tree roots and crashed headlong into a tree. The young man was seriously injured and spent sometime in hospital.

It is State law that Cities must maintain their roads and that section of San Antonio has been neglected for far too long.

To Paloaltotreewatch I say recycling the City's trees is of huge benefit. If we don't recycle and replant, all the trees will die at the same time.

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Posted by SanAntonioDriver
a resident of Santa Rita (Los Altos)
on Nov 16, 2011 at 10:00 am

I have nothing against removing these ugly old trees whose roots are ruining the road. But I really hope the construction crew does a better job on this section of the road than they did on the section on the other side of Middlefield. They really messed up that job. They took their time on every phase, did a terrible job directing traffic and then they planted flowers and bushes that obstruct the view of drivers. Hopefully they and the city people dealing with them have learned their lesson and we will not see the same problems with the new construction. One year of delays? If I had half the money as the city is going to spend on this, I would be able to hire people for 20% of the price to do a better job in 1/4 of the time. sigh...

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Posted by paloaltotreewatch
a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Nov 17, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I have no problem with the trees creating bumps in the road.
The trouble is there are an additional 30 trees being removed that
1) are in the way of their new irrigation system
2) are not part of the look/feel they want on the road.

I don't believe reasons 1) and 2) are good enough to remove trees.
And in fact I believe it is violation of the professional ISA ethics.

After all we are supposed to be the tree city- right???
That has got mean something.

This group of urban forest management we have with CPA/Canopy
should have been cleaned out after CA ave but there was relatively no
punishment and to this day - no official report of what happened.
These folks get to continue on their merry way selectively destroying mature portions of the PA canopy.

Another 30 trees to be removed at Greer park.
Who knows what they have in the pipeline.
I wish they would go and find some concrete jungle and attack it rather than trying to remake the CPA canopy in their in image.

Wakeup - it could be your street next.

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Posted by svatoid
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Nov 17, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Goodbye and good riddance to the trees on San Antonio Road. They have created a hazardous condition and need to be replaced. About time.
paloaltotreewatch and the rest of the tree hugging zealots value trees more than a human life--they are against any tree removal, they have no respect for people's personal property rights and there arrogance is aptly summed up in a sentence from the above post (I have no problem with the trees creating bumps in the road.). That sums it up.
Cut the trees down, make San Antonio Road safer.

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Posted by Safety First
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Paloaltotreewatch: I think you're totally alone on this one. I notice you live in Palo Alto Orchards so it's obviously you don't have to drive on San Antonio every day.

Get those ugly stone pine trees and their roots out of there and lets move on with some new plantings that will last for the next fifty years. Like humans all trees have finite lives.

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Posted by Wait
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Let's plant more pines, think of the money we could save on all those speed humps showing up all over town. ;-)

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Posted by Sam
a resident of Ohlone School
on Feb 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm

What's with the tree haters in these posts?
It is so nuts what has happened to this town. It's beauty and integrity has changed so much in the last 40 years. Greed, aggressive development, achievement focused parents, yuck. What about enjoying life and slowing down? Cutting trees like mad with very little notice or good enough reason. This is so sad.
San Antonio looks terrible.

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