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News - July 8, 2011

Google takes a lashing over bridge idea

Proposal for bridges over Stevens Creek draws mixed opinions from council

by Daniel DeBolt

City council members acted as the protective parents of the Stevens Creek trail Tuesday as Google pitched a plan for a pair of private bridges over the creek to a planned Google campus at NASA Ames.

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Posted by Steve, a resident of Jackson Park
on Jul 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Doesn't NASA have their own fire dept on that side already? Seems logical, so why not contrib a few dollars for the upgrades necessary to allow them to cover Google's assets in their area too.

And lower the trail? No. That would ruin a lovely ride and view that thousands of cyclists/hikers/skaters enjoy.

An overpass bridge large enough for vehicles would also be an eyesore.

Let Google go under instead.

Not trying to sound anti-Google or anything, but they can afford to tunnel under, more than the city could. And since it would be pretty much there for Google's convenience (nobody else wants it), They should absorb the total cost.

It need not be all that wide if traffic across is going to be as light as they state then a tube one lane wide (wide enough for one "fire truck", then it shouldn't cost too much. If they expect significant 2-way traffic, then the bridge

Such a tunnel would give them the ability to cross tot he NASA side without affecting the trail's path nor ruin it's views. It's a WIN-WIN solution to me.

Posted by MV Resident, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jul 8, 2011 at 12:02 pm

The tunnel for vehicles sounds like a good idea - if it can be large enough to allow fire trucks.

But the other key aspect here is financial - keep it private, so Google pays to maintain it (not us taxpayers), and get that $700K per year for other important city services that we continue to cut or underfund like the library.

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