Burlingame to get Hwy 101 ped bridge at Broadway
- Published Thursday, October 31, 2002, in the Redwood City Daily News
City to receive pedestrian bridge
By Thomas Leupold
Daily News Staff Writer
As part of its [BATN: the San Mateo County Transportation
Authority's] $87 million plan to extend auxiliary lanes on Highway
101 in San Mateo County, Burlingame will be getting a pedestrian
bridge at Broadway, officials said.
The bridge, which would accommodate both pedestrians and cyclists, is
now in its preliminary design phase. Work could begin in 2004, San
Mateo County Transit District spokeswoman Jayme Maltbie said.
The aim would be to make the area safer for pedestrians.
"Access is very poor in that area," Maltbie said. "It's very unsafe."
Burlingame City Planner Meg Monroe said the thin sidewalks on the
current bridge are inadequate.
"If you fall off, you fall right into a lane of moving traffic and
people have fallen off and gotten hurt," Monroe said.
"We have been trying to get pedestrian access across there for a long
The main thrust of the project, the auxiliary lanes, usually start at
an on-ramp and lead to an off-ramp. They effectively widen the
highway for short stretches and help ease traffic flow.
"Auxiliary lanes improve the flow of traffic, they reduce
congestion," Maltbie said.
The project also includes sound walls along the Rollins Road
frontage. Initial plans call for a 14-foot-high wall south of
Cadillac Way to Toyon Drive and a 16-foot-high wall from Toyon Drive
to Corbitt Avenue.
There is some concern that the first portion of wall will obstruct
the view of businesses from the highway and the issue will be
In June, crews finished the Hillsdale Boulevard to Ralston Avenue
portion and will begin the portion from Ralston Avenue to Atherton's
Marsh Road in about six months. After that segment is completed,
crews will begin work on the part from Third Avenue in San Mateo to
Millbrae Avenue. The whole project should be wrapped up by 2007.
Another goal of the project will be to raise the pedestrian bridge
across Highway 101 at Monte Diablo Avenue in San Mateo. Maltbie said
the bridge has been deemed to too low and the height will be
increased as a safety precaution.
Meanwhile, the City of Millbrae is eyeing its own pedestrian bridge
project that would cross Highway 101 at Millbrae Avenue.
Senior Civil Engineer Khee Lim said the city is looking for funding
for the project, which would be built parallel to the overpass on the
Lim said the bridge would be a boon to bikers, who now have to
navigate perilous traffic conditions.
"It's dangerous right now with the numbers of vehicles," Lim said.
The project is expected to remain in the predesign phase one more
year, Lim said.