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Feb 04

Belle Haven traffic calming trial improvements coming soon

Posted to Menlo Park Belle Haven Neighborhood Updates by Clay Curtin

After months of working out the design details, the Belle Haven Traffic Calming Plan will start construction soon. Currently, the construction team is securing permits to ensure minimal impacts and safety measures are in place during construction. Staff expects permits to be issued in a few weeks so that construction can commence as soon as possible. Stay tuned to the city’s Belle Haven Traffic Calming Study project webpage for construction updates, as they become available.

The temporary improvements will be installed on Terminal Avenue, Chilco Street, Hamilton Avenue and Newbridge Street. These include:
  • Temporary bulb outs and crosswalks at key intersections on Terminal Avenue
  • Temporary bulb outs, bike routes (i.e., sharrows) and yellow center lines on Chilco Street from Hamilton Avenue to Newbridge Street
  • Temporary bulb outs, shoulder stripes and crosswalks at key intersections on Newbridge Street, between Chilco Street and Willow Road
  • Temporary gateways on Hamilton Avenue and on Newbridge Street near Carlton Avenue

For temporary bulb outs and gateways, residents can expect flexible posts and painted areas to outline the shape and size of these features. These cost effective materials will help create contrast for drivers and evaluate their design adequacy before permanent features are installed.

For additional information or to provide feedback, residents are encouraged to visit the Belle Haven Traffic Calming Study project webpage or contact Acting Senior Transportation Engineer Kevin Chen.

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Feb 05

Community discusses new safe routes project near La Entrada Middle School

Posted to Menlo Park Transportation News by Clay Curtin

On January 15, the City held a meeting at La Entrada Middle School to present design concepts for the Sharon Road Sidewalk project. The project proposes safer access to La Entrada Middle School with a new pathway on the north side of Sharon Road from Alameda de las Pulgas to Altschul Avenue.

The existing site is partially paved and lacks a continuous accessible walking path. This presents a challenge for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles navigating the area. Additionally, rain creates large puddles next to the street, which forces pedestrians into the travel lane. Over 30 people, including residents and middle school parents, learned more about the project and how it could improve public safety and connection to the school. The City presented renderings and plans of the following design concepts:
  • General improvements
    • Mitigate ponding by eliminating low-points and installing gutters to the storm drain
    • Install curb ramps and a connecting walkway at Sharon Road and Altschul Avenue
    • Sharrow markings for shared bicycle and vehicle lanes along Sharon Road
  • Pathway Option 1 – Concrete sidewalk
    This option consists of a raised concrete curb, gutter and sidewalk, which would remove parking on the north side of Sharon Road. The elevated curb and color of the sidewalk may act as a barrier to traffic. The concrete sidewalk could also affect street width perception for drivers, and thus reduce traffic speed.
  • Pathway Option 2 – Asphalt walkway
    This option consists of a new asphalt walkway and valley gutter at street level. The concrete valley gutter would act as a separation between the asphalt walkway and the street, possibly allowing for time-restricted parking beyond school hours where there is available width.
The advantages and disadvantages of these preliminary designs were discussed. Participants shared input on pedestrian/bicycle safety, school travel, ADA compliance, parking removal and drainage. The City will continue to collect feedback through the public outreach phase before pursuing next steps. 

Submit your questions or comments.

For more information, please visit the project website at menlopark.org/sharonroadsidewalk

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Feb 10

Belle Haven residents invited to submit mini-grant applications by April 7

Posted to Menlo Park Updates by Clay Curtin

Applications are being accepted for the 2020 Belle Haven Mini-Grant Program. This program provides grants of $500, $1,000 or $1,500 to residents of Menlo Park’s Belle Haven neighborhood for home improvement projects that enhance curb appeal or activities that build community.

This program is supported by the City of Menlo Park and administered by the Belle Haven Community Development Fund, a partner fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Belle Haven residents can learn more by visiting the Belle Haven Mini-Grant Program website or stopping by any of the upcoming information sessions at the Onetta Harris Community Center. Application assistance is also available for those with questions about the program or application form. Please email the Mini-Grant Committee or call 650-999-0545 for assistance.

Applications are available on the Belle Haven Mini-Grant Program website and due by 8 p.m., Tuesday, April 7, 2020.

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