Before it is too late, we need to widen the existing bridge over Embarcadero Road to accommodate 2 lanes of automobile traffic. Instead of the left turn signal at the entrance to the shopping center, the traffic would turn right, proceed to the back of the Paly property, and cross over Embarcadero Road to the shopping center. The shopping center traffic headed east on Embarcadero would proceed to the tracks and cross over to the Paly side, to loop onto Embarcadero Road. Since this is tight, only autos could be permitted. Trucks would have to use the El Camino Road entrance to the center.
A huge problem is caused by the crossing exiting traffic impeding the entering traffic from Embarcadero Road. This needs to be addressed. The flow into the center is poor. This results in only one lane on Embarcadero Road heading west.
Finally, the El Camino Road pedestrian crossing from the T&C blocks right turning traffic after it has passed through the gauntlet of lights and jams. This can be helped by an island at the center of the El Camino crossing, just as they do in Europe for wide roads. This way, the pedestrian crossing occurs in 2 steps, rather than a single, long crossing. The pedestrian crossing would be coincident with the El Camino left turns.
How can we possibly have more building on or near El Camino, when the traffic situation is already a mess? Get the Arrilaga center to pay for traffic improvements, before adding to the traffic.
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Original post made by Allen Podell on Dec 5, 2012
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