A BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER ... Palo Alto has no shortage of grand plans when it comes to bridges, from a proposal to construct a $10 million bike-and-pedestrian bridge over U.S. Highway 101 at Adobe Creek to a controversial plan to expand the narrow Newell Road bridge along the border with East Palo Alto. All the bridge hoopla doesn't sit well with some Crescent Park residents, whose neighborhood suffered heavy damage in the flood of 1998 when water spilled over the narrow Pope-Chaucer Bridge in their neighborhood. Norman Beamer, president of the Crescent Park Neighborhood Association, expressed the neighborhood's frustration in a recent email to the city, writing that he "can't help feeling frustrated that the city has not come up with $10 million for fixing the Chaucer Ave. bridge, which in its current state actually floods people's houses, and threatens human life, as opposed to inconveniencing cyclists." The good news for Crescent Park is that help is on the way. City Manager James Keene replied to Beamer that the Pope-Chaucer Bridge has secured funding and "is currently in design, with a completion of construction by 2015/2016" — a year after the Newell Road Bridge is reconstructed, Keene wrote. "This is a cause of celebration." Keene also warned against lumping all the bridge projects into one argument. "The City has always placed the utmost priority on addressing the flooding problems, including these crucial bridge projects which will now happen," he wrote. "It is mistaken anyway to confuse these with the bike pedestrian bridge, which has a separate funding source — not needed for Pope-Chaucer anyway but also not fungible."
KEEP ON TRUCKIN' ... Fans of gourmet, food-truck eats may have a new — or in some ways, old — place to nosh on Monday nights in Palo Alto. Edgewood Eats, the ever-changing congregation of food trucks that's served up Vietnamese sandwiches, blackened chicken chimichangas, tacos and more, used to operate out of the defunct Edgewood Plaza shopping center near U.S. Highway 101. The monthly gathering ended when renovation of the plaza began, but now organizers are reviving it several blocks away, at the First Congregational Church of Palo Alto on Embarcadero Road. The new Edgewood Eats, which is still pending approval by the city, is expected to launch on Monday, March 18, and continue weekly. Dining hours will be 5 to 8 p.m., and each month, a charity will receive at least 5 percent of the proceeds.
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