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City approves $14 million for new trail crossings

Stevens Creek, Permanente Creek trail extensions move ahead

In another step forward for the city's network of bicycle and pedestrian paths, the City Council approved highway over-crossings for the Stevens Creek and Permanente Creek trails on Tuesday.

The council voted 5-2 in favor of extending the Stevens Creek trail over Highway 85, with council members Laura Macias and Jac Siegel opposed.

The city will now take bids from construction companies for the project, which largely consists of a new pedestrian bridge over Highway 85 from the trail's southernmost point, Sleeper Avenue.

Siegel and Macias urged the city to wait until October for news about $4 million in federal funds requested by Anna Eshoo's office for the project. City staff urged the council to move forward with the project anyway, saying that the federal funding was uncertain and could delay the project for a year. They added that construction costs are currently low and could increase soon, and the project is already fully funded from various sources, including $1.25 million in Shoreline property taxes, $2 million in park funds and $800,000 in grants.

The city had originally hoped construction could begin to Dale-Heatherstone by April of this year. The city now hopes to obtain permits from Caltrans by August.

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The next extension of the trail makes its way to Mountain View High School where another bridge crosses back over Highway 85. It is likely to be more difficult as portions of the trail go through private property, requiring easements from owners or eminent domain. City staff hope Eshoo's $4 million funding request can be interpreted broadly enough to help pay for it.

Permanente Creek Trail extended

Also Tuesday, the council approved a $9 million extension of the Permanente Creek Trail over Highway 101 and under Old Middlefield Way. The pedestrian bridge and tunnel will connect an existing trail from Shoreline Park and Google's campus to residential neighborhoods on the south side of Highway 101.

The council voted 6-1 in favor of the project with member Laura Macias opposed. Macias said she was wary of the project because it was coming in at "three times the original cost" of $3 million. City staff said the cost increase occurred when the tunnel under Old Middlefield Way was added to the project in order to protect pedestrians from cars speeding off Highway 101.

Council members cited the need to provide more connections to and from the North Bayshore area, where limited access causes traffic problems on Shoreline Boulevard and Rengstorff Avenue.

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City approves $14 million for new trail crossings

Stevens Creek, Permanente Creek trail extensions move ahead

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Mon, Aug 2, 2010, 11:42 am

In another step forward for the city's network of bicycle and pedestrian paths, the City Council approved highway over-crossings for the Stevens Creek and Permanente Creek trails on Tuesday.

The council voted 5-2 in favor of extending the Stevens Creek trail over Highway 85, with council members Laura Macias and Jac Siegel opposed.

The city will now take bids from construction companies for the project, which largely consists of a new pedestrian bridge over Highway 85 from the trail's southernmost point, Sleeper Avenue.

Siegel and Macias urged the city to wait until October for news about $4 million in federal funds requested by Anna Eshoo's office for the project. City staff urged the council to move forward with the project anyway, saying that the federal funding was uncertain and could delay the project for a year. They added that construction costs are currently low and could increase soon, and the project is already fully funded from various sources, including $1.25 million in Shoreline property taxes, $2 million in park funds and $800,000 in grants.

The city had originally hoped construction could begin to Dale-Heatherstone by April of this year. The city now hopes to obtain permits from Caltrans by August.

The next extension of the trail makes its way to Mountain View High School where another bridge crosses back over Highway 85. It is likely to be more difficult as portions of the trail go through private property, requiring easements from owners or eminent domain. City staff hope Eshoo's $4 million funding request can be interpreted broadly enough to help pay for it.

Permanente Creek Trail extended

Also Tuesday, the council approved a $9 million extension of the Permanente Creek Trail over Highway 101 and under Old Middlefield Way. The pedestrian bridge and tunnel will connect an existing trail from Shoreline Park and Google's campus to residential neighborhoods on the south side of Highway 101.

The council voted 6-1 in favor of the project with member Laura Macias opposed. Macias said she was wary of the project because it was coming in at "three times the original cost" of $3 million. City staff said the cost increase occurred when the tunnel under Old Middlefield Way was added to the project in order to protect pedestrians from cars speeding off Highway 101.

Council members cited the need to provide more connections to and from the North Bayshore area, where limited access causes traffic problems on Shoreline Boulevard and Rengstorff Avenue.

Comments

KYB
Whisman Station
on Aug 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm
KYB, Whisman Station
on Aug 2, 2010 at 1:57 pm
3 people like this

These trail connections will be great. The Dale neighborhood is cut off from the rest of MV by 85 and El Camino but now people will have better walking/biking access.


Steve
Sylvan Park
on Aug 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm
Steve, Sylvan Park
on Aug 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm
3 people like this

Hats off to Jac Siegel and Laura Macias for thinking independently, and questioning the city staff's "hurry, buy it now" recommendation. Does city staff ever advise against a project as being wasteful? Have they ever met a spending plan they didn't like? The city doesn't need to increase taxes any, just spend less foolishly.


John
Rex Manor
on Aug 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm
John, Rex Manor
on Aug 2, 2010 at 2:08 pm
3 people like this

It will be nice to be able to get to the park land across 101 without having to go way over to teh Stevens Creek Trail.


wondering
Old Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm
wondering, Old Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2010 at 3:10 pm
3 people like this

I use the trails to walk and bike and appreciate having them. However, crime is way up and we had a peeping Tom in the neighborhood (thankfully they caught him) but now I can't get a MV police officer to come to assess and give me a crime prevention reco in writing so I can get my cheapskate landlord to do things like install motion detector lights on my property because the Police budget has been cut and the officer who used to do this has been reassigned. Things that make you go...hhhhhhmmmm.


unbelievable
Old Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm
unbelievable, Old Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm
3 people like this

Add this to the tens of millions of dollars Mountain View has spent on land and property in recent months and it makes me feel like I've been duped by all the sky is falling budget woes of late. $14 million dollars for new trail crossings, seriously Mountain View?


Thom
Jackson Park
on Aug 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm
Thom, Jackson Park
on Aug 2, 2010 at 4:11 pm
3 people like this

14 million would go a long way replacing the bad street lights throughout the city, or other things this city could use. Council needs to learn that needs are more important than wants.


Ross
Waverly Park
on Aug 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm
Ross, Waverly Park
on Aug 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm
3 people like this

The article doesn't tell the whole story about the $14 million. Quite a bit of that is coming from various grants. I remember seeing 2 just a few weeks back for these two trails at about $150k each. I have seen several others announced along the way, too, and think they add up to over half the total cost. Could the Voice do some research and report that? Seems the cost is a key concern for everyone.


deb
Old Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm
deb, Old Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2010 at 5:56 pm
3 people like this

Yay for trail extensions! I will use the Permanente Creek Trail overpass to get to work every day, I can't wait for it to be built. Kudos to the city staff and council for working to connect neighborhoods and make parks and amenities more accessible without a personal vehicle. It's great to see our community prioritize non-car methods of transportation.


marc
Stierlin Estates
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm
marc, Stierlin Estates
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:29 pm
3 people like this

@ Thom if you call the public works dept and report the lights out they will get them taken care. 14 million or not.


Observer
Old Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm
Observer, Old Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:42 pm
3 people like this

And three city workers will show up a month later and take half a day to fix it, and then it will go out again a week later. At least that's what happened on my street. That's how they justify their job. In the meantime, the Google Wifi transmitter on the same pole has worked for at least 3 years now. Must have something to do with attention to detail and a strong work ethic. Or maybe just that the Google types are afraid they'd lose their job if they don't do their work correctly.


db
Shoreline West
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm
db, Shoreline West
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:44 pm
3 people like this

Ok, so now that there are north south dedicated paths being built out, how about focusing on east-west connectors that traverse the city to more safely allow folks to get over to the trails. The city should consider providing grade separation between bikes/cars along east-west routes like Latham/Church from San Antonio Shopping Center to the Eastern border with Sunnyvale.


Observer
Old Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm
Observer, Old Mountain View
on Aug 2, 2010 at 10:47 pm
3 people like this

Of course, you know db that when you say "the city should.." you are actually saying that taxpayers should. Where's the money going to come from. I like the idea, but what are you willing to trim to get it?


Steven Nelson
Cuesta Park
on Aug 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm
Steven Nelson, Cuesta Park
on Aug 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm
3 people like this

Bikeways (in future). The revision to the General Plan (Transportation Element) does not seem very strong on that issue. NOW is the time for more public comment (some occurred at the Senior Center presentation/feedback meeting).


Old Ben
Shoreline West
on Aug 4, 2010 at 6:53 am
Old Ben, Shoreline West
on Aug 4, 2010 at 6:53 am
3 people like this

The price tag on this is ridiculous. Good for Laura Macias, at least one council member is showing signs of common sense.


Ed
Monta Loma
on Aug 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm
Ed, Monta Loma
on Aug 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm
3 people like this

$14 million for ... trails? Not road improvements, not sidewalk improvements, or ANYTHING else that we actually need. Trails? Something that most Mountain View residents will never use? In fact, I bet most people who'll use it are not Mountain View residents.

But the shock doesn't end there. They don't want to wait for federal funds, because it could delay the project for a year. Just a year? A year in government time is nothing. Yet they'd rather go through with the project on OUR dime, rather than wait for federal funds.

Who voted for these fools?


Jon
Rex Manor
on Sep 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm
Jon, Rex Manor
on Sep 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm
3 people like this

I for one would use the Permanente creek tunnel and overpass. I work north of the 101, but I don't bike there because the Rengstorff and Shoreline overpasses are just too dangerous for bikers because they must merge into onramp and offramp lanes that lack stoplights. I'm sure there are others that feel that way too.


eric
another community
on Sep 2, 2010 at 10:46 am
eric, another community
on Sep 2, 2010 at 10:46 am
3 people like this

I believe that a lot of this funding is coming from restricted funds and such, so I'll leave that out of the discussion.

The biggest problem with bike transportation in MV is getting from north to south (PA to SV essentially). El Camino, Calif Ave, etc are NOT bike friendly at all, but between Shoreline, Stevens Creek, etc, its not bad at all bisecting town. I think that bicycle-oriented funds would be better spent here.


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Blossom Valley

on Jun 5, 2017 at 1:38 am
Name hidden, Blossom Valley

on Jun 5, 2017 at 1:38 am

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