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Palo Alto looks to upgrade historic building, complete critical bike project as revenues recover

Original post made on May 12, 2022

Palo Alto is looking to advance an ambitious infrastructure plan that would rehabilitate the Roth Building, fix roofs at Cubberley Community Center and complete the Chaleston-Arastradero streetscape project.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2022 at 9:36 am

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More work to Arastradero/Charleston? At first I thought it meant the part by Fabian which appears to me to be at a standstill. But that is not over 2 miles and passes 11 schools.

So the part that has already had multiple work done is getting more done?

Please tell me that I have misread this.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 12, 2022 at 9:51 am

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Oh, goodie, More "traffic calming" and road diets. Love those backups and road rage.

Still waiting for Public Works to check their Street Light Outage reports instead of taking on new projects. Tick tock, tick tock.

Posted by Larry
a resident of Downtown North
on May 12, 2022 at 11:31 am

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Anyone else notice that the costs of the projects shown in the 'Palo Alto's Enterprise Project" graphic don't add up to the $525.5M total shown in the graphic's heading?

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 12, 2022 at 11:41 am

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Bystander, the entire project is 2.3 miles. The Arastradero end of it and the Middlefield to Alma segment is mostly done. Underground work and hardscape preparation for repaving in other segments has been done. Many of us are very glad this has been done, especially those of us who have been hit or who know people who have been hit by cars on that street. Too bad it wasn't done sooner. People who were killed would still be alive. People who were hit by cars and injured wouldn't have to live with the long-lasting pain of those injuries. I personally know 12 people who were hit by cars on that road before the hardscape went in. School route safety is important. Also, I think older people like me should be able to walk across the street safely without being hit by speeding cars. The former four-lane road was a problem. It looked like an expressway and so drivers drove it as though it was one (85th percentile speeds were 38MPH in school zones--killing speed). I thank the city for taking action. The road is a much safer place, and (as a driver who lives in the area and uses the road regularly) I think it operates just fine. Bike and pedestrian collisions have been reduced by more than 50%. That is an excellent outcome--well worth the minor inconveniences of construction. Well done, City of Palo Alto. Please finish up. Thank you.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 12, 2022 at 11:43 am

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GS how do these plans align w HCD and PAHEWG housing?

Posted by Gennady Sheyner
Palo Alto Weekly staff writer
on May 12, 2022 at 12:04 pm

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@Larry. Thanks for catching the error in the utilities chart. We fixed it.

Posted by Pat Markevitch
a resident of Downtown North
on May 12, 2022 at 6:11 pm

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Can someone please list the 11 schools?

Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on May 13, 2022 at 6:45 am

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Overall, I think this is money well spent.

Posted by Chris
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 13, 2022 at 9:28 am

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There are not one, but TWO extremely walkable, very close restrooms to the Cubberly fields. They are open all day, and are well maintained. Both are at Cubberly. There is even a third restroom closer to the turf field in the pavilion. A sign with a map in lidong the restrooms would be a lot better for the environment than running more pipes
Many of the trees at Cubberly have been cut down unnecessarily by these projects recently. Hopefully you're all diligent enough to make that sure that doesn't happen. The destruction of the redwoods to facilitate another access point for prescious prescious trucks to the turf field was particularly unecessary