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News - June 21, 2013

Palo Alto to consider design contest for new bike bridge

With bulk of funding secured, City Council to discuss next steps for building 101 overpass

by Gennady Sheyner

Just two years ago, Palo Alto's proposed bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 was a pipe dream, one of the most expensive components of the city's new master plan for bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

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a resident of South of Midtown
on Jun 20, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Enough chit-chat. Just built whatever can be built the most quickly. Pedestrians do not care what the bridge looks like. We just want to get over it as quickly as possible to get away from the smelly noisy polluted freeway. This is not like the Golden Gate Bridge where you get great views of the bay and ocean from the bridge. The main thing you will see from a freeway overpass is the freeway, which no one wants to look at. Just get the bridge built as quickly as possible so we can start using it before the old pedestrian tunnel gets flooded again.

If the tunnel does get flooded, please close off one of the car lanes on the San Antonio Road bridge and let pedestrians and bicyclists use that. There are plenty of other places where cars can cross, but those are too far for pedestrians to reach and the bike routes to get to them are dicey for kids.

Thank you.

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Posted by Just build it
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 21, 2013 at 6:29 am

Let me make sure i understand this--the building of the bridge will not start for another 2+ years??????
I realize this is palo alto, but this is ridiculous. Design contests???? Really???
Just pick a simple design and get it built. And you also do not hae to spend the entire $10 million on it. People want a usable bridge. Why does this have to be turned into the usual Palo Alto show??
I am sure at the council meeting next week, all the members will be falling over themselves to put in their two cents worth. we already know what Karen Holman wants--she has made that clear already--no simple bridge for her--only a grand design that shows off Palo Alto will do for our local historic expert.
And then of course all the local commissions and boards will get to have their say--I can imagine their nitpicking on this project.
i bet you Mountain View would have this project done in 6 months. Given our local library issue, I bet you this bridge will not be open until 2020

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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2013 at 6:51 am

The Palo Alto Way at work. How many years does it take to build a bridge? Taking lessons from the new Bay Bridge?

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 21, 2013 at 8:02 am

It's a bridge that will never be a work of art since we don't live in Venice.

It is needed now since the tunnel is closed at least half the year.

It should be a high priority, not another Mitchell Park library!