"8. Approve and Authorize the City Manager to Execute Contract Amendment No. 1 to Contract No. C10135025 in the Amount of $266,647 with Alta Planning + Design for Preliminary Design and Environmental Assessment Services for the Pedestrian & Bicycle Overpass at Highway 101 (PE-11011) and Feasibility Study of Adobe Creek Reach Trail Project Leading to the Overpass for a Total Contract Amount Not to Exceed $338,929. "
Looks like, despite our financial problems, we are committing $300K+ for a study and millions afterwards for the bridge. Where will the money come from--not an issue for the council.
This is just another thing that the city cannot live without.
Posted by Kate, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm
And they want DONATIONS to keep the water running into Foothill Park???? while spending millions on a bike bridge that isn't really necessary now. This is beyond ridiculous. And the city continues to hire 'big brass' with staff,no doubt. Yes, Keene is a big disappointment. This after Benest and another wishy-washy council. Will there ever be a stiff-spined City Council that will really take charge. Maybe we need finally an elected mayor who runs the city and is responsible to the electorate. YES, it is time.
Posted by trivial cost, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm
We're spending $100 million dollars on new Hwy 101 onramps in Palo Alto. You read that right: $100,000,000 of your tax dollars (mostly county sales tax money). Now you are whining about a comparatively trivial amount of money for very useful pedestrian projects? If you want to whine, you're looking in the wrong place.
Posted by svatoid, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 14, 2012 at 6:37 pm
Trivial cost-you need to found out where the money is coming from for the 101 project and where the money will come from for this bridge. Also do the math on cost per user for 101 and the bike bridge. Then get back to us
Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Jun 17, 2012 at 4:32 pm
At least the 101 widening project is part of the county sales tax dollars that we (as a county) voted for. There is no such vote for the bike bridge --- and there is no funding either. Liz Kniss's attempt at the (Stanford) money grab is failing already.
This is like HSR...no money, very expensive, but let's build it anyway.
Posted by svatoid, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm
We have to build one now since mountain view just opened a new bike bridge over 101. Also it had to be nicer than the one in mountain view. After all,.we have to be more bike friendly than any other city. Money is no object-.
Posted by Duveneck/St Francis Grandad, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Jun 18, 2012 at 8:57 am
Finding money for bikes and pedestrians is never easy. Cars, no problem. 101 is now up to 10 lanes! Mountain View has a vision of the future, not the past. Bikes are the future. Cars are the past. The mid-peninsula could be a bikers/pedestrians paradise, with our weather, and with our fine regional train service. But the cars are choking us.