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.