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on Jun 12, 2012
The only reason they wanted to build that tunnel is because reckless drivers come speeding off the freeway and don't obey the speed limits on local streets. The city should just close the Old Middlefield freeway exit and make the street much safer that way. There are plenty of other routes that drivers can take. Then we would not have needed to spend so much money on a pedestrian tunnel.
$3 million to build the pedestrian bridge over Hwy 101 then $6 million more to build the tunnel under Old Middlefield? The $3 million is certainly worthwhile, but the $6 million could have been better spent on by extending the trail to somewhere more interesting than Old Middlefield.
I don't believe the extra $6.9 Mil spent is solely the result of the pedestrian tunnel addition.
Every government project tend to double or triple in cost over duration of the project.
This means it will cost 3x the estimated $69 Mil to build the high speed rail!
I meant 3x the estimated $69 Billion (not Million) to build the HSR between LA and SF
An outstanding overpass. Wonderfull. Pavement, not wood. The underpass is good, but will be dark and scary. Palo Alo won't even open the old underpass beneath 101 near San Antonio, so this is the only safe alternative to the narow street overpasses or the underpass on the Stevens Creek trail, which is dark, narrow, and scary.
Palo Alto's underpass near San Antonio Road is closed because Hwy 101 construction makes it unsafe. Palo Alto promises to reopen it when the construction is over, but that may be a year from now.
The article mentions PA officials wondering why they don't have urban trails like MV's. Many years ago I used the bike path that runs from Los Altos to PA near Alta Mesa Cemetery and over to Gunn High. There's also a similar path near Bol Park and these might be considered urban trails.
Maybe PA wants trails that are more like MV's that reach the shores of the bay and companies located in those areas? I use the Stevens Creek Trail a lot and am glad we have it in MV.
The Stevens Creek Trail is much longer and connects many more areas (employers, schools, parks, residences) than any trails in Palo Alto. The Stevens Creek Trail (and now the Permanente Creek Trail) also allow trail users to avoid dangerous freeway interchanges. The car-free multi-use connections are what makes Mountain View's trails the best in Silicon Valley. Palo Alto's freeways and expressways split the city into pieces and make travel difficult for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Our trails and parks help to make Mountain View a great place to live.
MV is far more livable and enjoyable on an every day level than PA is.
This is but one of the many reasons MV outshines PA in terms of enjoyable living.
Yes, please continue the trail to Middlefield and also add a way to get across the Charleston to the north!
Someone posted this video to YouTube: Web Link
It demonstrates the problems with the trail at Charleston and Old Middlefield. The fix to Old Middlefield is to extend the trail to a more interesting end point. What is the fix to the Charleston crossing? That is a pretty busy street (on weekdays) and if the trail gets a lot of traffic, there will be significant conflicts at a wide crossing with no stop lights.
I agree with reckless driver! 3 million is to much to build a bridge but I can get in board with that if it means safety for peds. 9 million is ridiculous! With everything going on in the city and the economy what it is, who in their right mind would build a bridge for 9 million! The whole project should have been scrapped when it tripped in cost!!!! Wow MV wow!
This is at least not as far as 85 bridge, but as Jim Pollart of 'Share Shoreline' has noted himself - most of the millions came from property taxes that DID NOT GO to education. 50% of the property taxes are diverted. Shoreline is one of the last surviving Redevelopment districts in the entire state. 99% of the 1% property tax is permanently under controll of the RDA (may or may not share as the council decides). Thankfully - the $30/ $100,000 school facilities override DOES apply to the $3,000,000,000 assessed valuation in the Shoreline District. $900,000 per year when the bond sales max out.
While visiting from Pittsburgh, PA this week I had the pleasure of riding the bridge and tunnel a couple times. Very impressive, and it will be better when the trail goes past Old Middlefield (which I did not enjoy as much).
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