Menlo to study bike/ped tunnel under Caltrain; 101 widening study
- Published Wednesday, May 28, 2008, by the Menlo Park Almanac
City Council approves bike tunnel study
By Rory Brown
Menlo Park is a small step closer to building a bike tunnel under
the Caltrain tracks.
City Council members voted 4-1 at their May 20 meeting to authorize
the city to pay a consultant $41,000 to study where a bike tunnel
could be built.
The tunnel is tentatively planned for somewhere between Ravenswood
Avenue and San Francisquito Creek. The study would identify a
specific location and determine the cost of the project.
Councilman John Boyle opposed the study, arguing the council should
wait for city-led plans to revamp properties along El Camino Real to
move forward before trying to pinpoint a location for a bike tunnel.
Other council members noted that the studies and planning for the
bike tunnel would take several years, and the tunnel could still be
built in conjunction with a greater plan for El Camino Real.
Menlo Park resident Sue Kayton, the one resident to speak about the
issue at the May 20 meeting, urged the council to wait on the bike
tunnel study. She noted that the train tracks may be raised or
lowered to accommodate high-speed trains, which would make the tunnel
"Let's wait until we know what's happening with the Caltrain tracks,
and we know what's happening with those businesses on El Camino
Real," Ms. Kayton said.
Plans to widen U.S. 101
The environmental study associated with the California Department of
Transportation's plans to widen U.S. 101 between Marsh Road in Menlo
Park and Embarcadero Road in Palo Alto are available for public
The study, called a negative declaration, is available at the Menlo
Park Library at 800 Alma St.
Caltrans wants to widen the freeway to make room for an auxiliary
lane in each direction to ease congestion.
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