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A green light for Permanente Creek Trail improvements

The creekside trail that runs through Google headquarters will soon have better crossings at Charleston Road and Amphitheatre Parkway.

The City Council voted Tuesday to move ahead on a $400,000 crosswalk and stoplight project along the Permanente Creek trail at Charleston Road, where no crossing currently exists. At Amphitheatre Parkway, an existing under-crossing will have a $1.36 million flood wall installed, the council decided, to allow the under crossing to be used all year because it floods in the winter.

Council members opted against a $4.2 million tunnel for the Charleston Road crossing because it would infringe on wildlife habitat and required the removal of 20 trees that block views of adjacent Google parking lots.

City officials continue to work on extending the trail south to Rock Street and Middlefield Road, though a design for a portion that must run through Crittenden Middle School has been delayed as school district officials draft plans for the site and raise concerns about student safety.

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A green light for Permanente Creek Trail improvements

Uploaded: Fri, May 10, 2013, 4:13 pm
Updated: Mon, May 13, 2013, 1:48 pm

The creekside trail that runs through Google headquarters will soon have better crossings at Charleston Road and Amphitheatre Parkway.

The City Council voted Tuesday to move ahead on a $400,000 crosswalk and stoplight project along the Permanente Creek trail at Charleston Road, where no crossing currently exists. At Amphitheatre Parkway, an existing under-crossing will have a $1.36 million flood wall installed, the council decided, to allow the under crossing to be used all year because it floods in the winter.

Council members opted against a $4.2 million tunnel for the Charleston Road crossing because it would infringe on wildlife habitat and required the removal of 20 trees that block views of adjacent Google parking lots.

City officials continue to work on extending the trail south to Rock Street and Middlefield Road, though a design for a portion that must run through Crittenden Middle School has been delayed as school district officials draft plans for the site and raise concerns about student safety.

Comments

John
Gemello
on May 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm
John, Gemello
on May 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm
resident
Old Mountain View
on May 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm
resident, Old Mountain View
on May 10, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Can't wait for the Charleston stop light. Currently bicyclists are required to ride a long narrow sidewalk to get to and from the next legal crossing and this gets really congested on weekdays.


KT
Old Mountain View
on May 12, 2013 at 7:45 am
KT, Old Mountain View
on May 12, 2013 at 7:45 am

I think this is exciting! The city moves like a snail on some things...for example in the existing trail that is next to crittenden school now there has been a tree down blocking the path and pushing the fence into the creek since january. I talked to a city worker about this and pointed it out in february. They started to work on it for a day in march, but haven't touched it since. is this going to take 2 years to fix?


Flo
Blossom Valley
on May 13, 2013 at 6:33 am
Flo, Blossom Valley
on May 13, 2013 at 6:33 am

Creek trails rock!


Martin Omander
Rex Manor
on May 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm
Martin Omander, Rex Manor
on May 13, 2013 at 2:13 pm

This is good news. A better trail means more bicyclists. This is better for everyone, including motorists and anyone who breathes the air, as cars are taken off the road.


Flo
Blossom Valley
on May 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm
Flo, Blossom Valley
on May 13, 2013 at 3:50 pm
Scott Lamb
Monta Loma
on May 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm
Scott Lamb, Monta Loma
on May 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm

I'm glad they're paying attention to this trail. The crossing at Charleston will be nice. Currently I right-turn onto Charleston and U-turn at Alta, which means merging into some busy traffic. But I'm looking forward even more to the extension, so I hope the Middlefield leg isn't delayed too much. I'd love the trail to go all the way downtown even.


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