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East Palo Alto celebrates grand opening of U.S. Highway 101 overpass

Original post made on May 19, 2019

A new walkway connecting East Palo Alto neighborhoods on the east and west of U.S. Highway 101 debuted on Saturday. Construction of the $14 million project took 18 months from start to completion.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, May 19, 2019, 8:51 AM

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23 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 19, 2019 at 9:47 am

While Palo Alto still talks....


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Posted by CP Resident
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 19, 2019 at 9:59 am

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Posted by Bridge Neighbor
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 19, 2019 at 10:37 am

That new pop-up park that's under construction seems to be missing something that visitors will soon discover -- parking. There's no place to park on the Newell-side of the 101 bridge. Well, across the soon to be revamped Newell Road Bridge into Palo Alto, there's lots of parking on Edgewood.


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Posted by resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 19, 2019 at 12:36 pm

@Bridge Neighbor - how about leaving your car at home and riding your bike to the park?


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Posted by Fairmeadow
a resident of Midtown
on May 19, 2019 at 12:36 pm

Glad for a safe passage for the residents!!


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on May 19, 2019 at 2:05 pm

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“You be careful, local graffiti artists, about tagging our new bridge!!”


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Posted by resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 19, 2019 at 2:50 pm

One fact that is missing from this article is that 1/3 of the East Palo Alto population lives on the west side of the freeway, but all of the city's schools are east of the freeway. University Ave is the only route to school for kids on the west side of the freeway and that is tremendously dangerous for kids on bicycles or walking in the crosswalks across the freeway on and off ramps. That route has gotten even more dangerous in recent years as car traffic to Palo Alto and Stanford has soared. This bridge makes getting to and from school much safer and is a long time in coming.


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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 19, 2019 at 4:57 pm

All I know is when PA builds their bridge it better be better looking then this perfectly fine functioning bridge EPA just built. Also, it better cost more then three times the amount. PA doesn't want to be outdone by EPA...


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Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 19, 2019 at 5:00 pm

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@Nancy - "PA doesn't want to be outdone by EPA..."

Too late, EPA outdid Palo Alto by actually building a bridge. Even though PA had a head start of years, we haven't even started.


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Posted by JR
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 19, 2019 at 5:14 pm

This isn't a race to see who can build a bridge the fastest. In a few years both EPA and PA will have a new bridge, and hopefully both will get lots of use. The desire to race and "build anything" was a mistake that PA made. We could have built a great landmark that would be enjoyed by future generations, instead we decided to build a cookie-cutter structure that is tasteless and generic.


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Posted by resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 19, 2019 at 5:33 pm

Looks are irrelevant. What matters is getting people across the freeway safely and efficiently. Part of efficient is getting it done sooner so people can use it sooner.


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Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 19, 2019 at 6:22 pm

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@JR " The desire to race and "build anything" was a mistake that PA made."

That is literally the opposite of reality. Palo Alto futzed around with a design competition (remember the birds - must be a bird friendly design) for years, ended up with a dumb design that was too expensive and a non starter, so back to square one. It already has been "a few years" and PA doesn't have a bridge.

Remember 2013 when the ill fated contest was announced?

Web Link

The grant for the bridge came in 2012. So we are nearing 7 years of planning... Yeah, but don't rush.

Web Link

but no building, no bridge. It is laughable, but also pathetic. And people think that tunneling Caltrain was ever possible..


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on May 19, 2019 at 8:37 pm

AWESOME JOB EPA

I was just over at Home Depot yesterday and noticed the project seemed finished.

I always thought it would be cool if that was an overpass over 101 that went from
Newell St. to the shopping center in EPA which cars, bikes and people could use,
but hey you have done something PA cannot seem to get done.


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Posted by Marc
a resident of Midtown
on May 20, 2019 at 7:56 am

Why doesn't Palo Alto outsource it's city management to EPA?

/marc


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Posted by justathough
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 20, 2019 at 8:04 am

This is great for everyone... now let's get started on renaming the city - "Ravenswood"


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Posted by Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 20, 2019 at 9:29 am

Yay! As a daily bike commuter, so happy that the bridge is completed! Thank you to all who have made this bridge a reality!
Cheers to increaseing safer greener modes of transportation, and active lifestyles for many!


Posted by Rob
a resident of Atherton

on May 20, 2019 at 4:14 pm


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Posted by Overpass Makes PA Accesible!
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 20, 2019 at 6:55 pm

Ease of access for East Palo Altans to enter Palo Alto has been a long time coming.


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Posted by Rainer
a resident of Mayfield
on May 21, 2019 at 2:41 am

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RE: Landmark East Palo Alto $14Million Bridge, the bridge to architectural fame for the Palo Altos! Finally!

There are five types of bridges, and these are, Girder, arch, cable, rigid framed and truss. Each has its unique features and uses.

And then there is the Palo Alto bridge, build from epoxied $100 bills. If we would have used $50 bills, which have the same structural strength, we could have built 2 bridges for the same price.

This over-prized 14M utility project is just another misguided example of Silicon Valley’s, and in particular both Palo Alto’s efforts, to create an elegant looking land mark bridge, which is worldwide admired.

But the actual cost compared to what a company like USBridge.com would charge for an off-the shelf, or at least catalogue, pedestrian and bicycle bridge, is so astronomical that it smells like the usual small town corruption.

Great, practical, cheap, and elegant Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridges designs are available worldwide. The actual bridge you can then buy from a catalogue or even pre-fabricated off-shelf at a fraction of the price of $14Million.

When a VW beetle cost $2,500 in the 70s, studies showed it would cost a multiple if build individually. This applies to bridges as well.
So start with simply googling, for example “bowstring truss pedestrian bridge” [ gets you this Web Link] and click on “more images” and then vary parameters while googling.

Or google “parallel chord truss bridge”.

For the planned San Francisqito Bridges between Palo Al;to and Menlo Park you would add parameters like:
• 2-lane and 40 feet length, or some such parameter.
Or just simple “small 2-lane bridge”.
• With a prefab bridge it should not take more than a week, and not nine months, to interrupt he traffic and swap out the bridges. Germans seem to be able to demolish the old bridge and put in the new on prepared Widerlager (abutment) within 24 hours, at a total cost of Euro1.2M, plus the street connection.

Or go to www.usbridge.com and play with their software.
Or play here: Web Link and flip through their recent projects.

Or look here: Web Link

Why are bridged so expensive? Why does construction takes so long? Who pays off whom in Palo Alto? Local contractors? What is wrong with Palo Alto? These are not Nuclear Reactor vessels.

PS. For entertainment: scary bridges Web Link


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Posted by Jason Moy
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 21, 2019 at 5:29 pm

Building this bridge does not seem like a good idea.


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Posted by Tessa
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 22, 2019 at 9:57 am

Prefabricated bridges sound like a great way to save money!!! City wastes too much money and this seems like a no-brainer!


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