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Menlo Park Updates

Jan 14

City accepting applications for the Menlo Park Grant for the Arts

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 7:08 pm by Clay Curtin

The City is now accepting applications for the 2019-20 Menlo Park Grant for the Arts. The grant is for organizations looking to perform in a professional-grade theater in effort to support the Menlo Park artistic community. 

We are pleased to announce that 10 organizations will be awarded $500-$3,000 toward subsidizing the rental cost of the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center for performances from July 2019 to June 2020. The Performing Arts Center seats 492 and contains professional-quality sound and lighting, an orchestra pit accommodating up to 80 musicians and a full lobby and box office. 

This grant was created to increase the accessibility of the PAC by members of the community and to encourage the growth of local artistic groups by providing a high-quality venue at a subsidized cost. Grants are awarded to a variety of organizations, specifically those that help strengthen the local community and provide material appropriate for all ages, races and religions. Past recipients have included: Menlowe Ballet, Palo Alto Jazz Alliance and Kepler’s Literary Foundation. 

Online grant applications will be accepted through March 1, 2019. Complete your grant application today! 

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Jan 14

Caltrans plans overnight closures of Willow Road and U.S. 101

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 5:42 pm by Peter Ibrahim

Caltrans has scheduled five overnight closures of Willow Road and U.S. 101, as part of the Willow Road/U.S. 101 Interchange project. The closures will allow crews to install 135-foot concrete girders for the new overpass. During the following closures, affected lanes of Willow Road will be closed 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. All closures are dependent on the weather. Rainy weather may cause work to be rescheduled. Changeable message signs along the freeway and adjacent routes will keep motorists apprised of the status of the closures.

Road closures
Date  Road closures  Affected times 
Tuesday, January 15 Westbound Willow Road
Southbound U.S. 101
11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
11:59 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 16 Eastbound Willow Road
Northbound U.S. 101
11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
11:59 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Tuesday, January 22 Eastbound Willow Road
Northbound U.S. 101
11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
11:59 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Wednesday, January 23 Westbound Willow Road
Southbound U.S. 101
11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
11:59 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.
Thursday, January 24 Westbound Willow Road
Southbound U.S. 101
11 p.m. to 6 a.m.
11:59 p.m. to 4:30 a.m.

Detours
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Normal route Detour route 
Northbound U.S. 101            Traffic will exit at Willow Road and go eastbound; left on Bayfront Expressway; left on Marsh Road which leads to Northbound U.S. 101.
Southbound U.S. 101 Southbound U.S. 101: Traffic will exit at Willow Road and go westbound; left on Middlefield Road; left on University Boulevard which leads to Southbound U.S. 101.

The Willow Road overpass is being rebuilt to reduce congestion and traffic weaving. The new overpass will also include four bicycle lanes and two pedestrian sidewalks. For more information, visit the Caltrans Willow Interchange project page.

For 24/7 traffic updates, visit 511.org or follow @511SFBay on Twitter. 

Real-time information on all State highways in California can be accessed on the Caltrans Quick Map website. You can also follow @CaltransD4 on Twitter for our local Caltrans District 4. Please be #WorkZoneAlert!
Jan 14

City Council to hear Ravenswood Avenue Railroad Crossing study session

Posted on January 14, 2019 at 5:40 pm by Peter Ibrahim

The City Council will hold a study session on the Ravenswood Avenue Railroad Crossing project at its meeting Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers. Included in the staff report and presentation is a summary of the comments received on the draft Project Study Report and the draft scope of work for additional studies. Resident feedback is encouraged to help the City Council provide direction to staff on next steps. The meeting agenda and staff report can be viewed on the city website. 

This project is evaluating the engineering feasibility of replacing the existing at-grade crossings of the Caltrain tracks by building grade separations of the roadways from the tracks at Ravenswood Avenue, Oak Grove Avenue and Glenwood Avenue, with priority for Ravenswood Avenue. The study session is a significant milestone, as it will determine the preferred alternative that will move forward into the environmental study and final design phase and allow the City to construct a grade separation project that best addresses the community’s concerns and needs. 

Project information and previous public meetings can be found on the Ravenswood Avenue Railroad Crossing project page.

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