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Apr 04

Public Works submits letter of interest for SMCTA funding

Posted on April 4, 2015 at 9:54 pm by Clay Curtin

On March 30, the public works department submitted a letter of interest for projects to be considered under the San Mateo County Transportation Authority Highway Program. The program is funded by Measure A, the voter-approved half-cent sales tax measure passed in 2004 that provides funds for highway projects in key congested areas. The SMCTA will use the letters of interest to develop a 10-year highway capital improvement program and determine the level of interest for potential projects in the next Measure A highway program call for projects, which is anticipated to be released in May 2015. The highway program has previously supported the US 101/Willow Road interchange reconstruction and real-time adaptive traffic signal timing on Sand Hill Road. Through this letter of interest, the Menlo Park requested funding support for the US 101/Willow Road interchange and real-time adaptive traffic signal timing on Bayfront Expressway, Marsh Road, and Willow Road. These corridors are of particular significance, due to the significant amount of regional traffic to and from the Dumbarton Bridge via Bayfront Expressway (SR 84), Marsh Road (a portion is designated SR 84), and Willow Road (SR 114). In the last several years, a severe increase in traffic congestion along these corridors has been observed. Combined, they carry more than 91,000 vehicles on an average weekday based on 2013 Caltrans data. Menlo Park’s estimates have shown that approximately 80 percent of peak hour traffic in these corridors is of regional nature, without an origin or a destination within the city. Thus, the projects included in the letter of interest are focused to provide congestion relief in those corridors.