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Latest highway hazards for drivers? Tall, view-blocking weeds

Original post made on May 11, 2023

Towering weeds and grasses are blocking the line of sight of motorists trying to use freeway on-ramps and off-ramps throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Caltrans says it's working to clear the weeds, but it's slow-going.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, May 11, 2023, 9:44 AM

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Posted by kareng
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 11, 2023 at 10:49 am

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I'm happy they're finally cutting down the weeds at the University/101 ramp. But what about the homeless camp that's been there for more than a year? It's a very sad situation.

Posted by Rosewood
a resident of Midtown
on May 11, 2023 at 12:38 pm

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The ground around the 101 & Oregon ramp used to be covered in mature purple ice plant (the succulent). No weeds survived through that. But it was all ripped out to make way for construction. Money better spent on replacing it as a low growing, low water, permanent weed barrier, rather than fooling around with mowing 4 ft weeds every year.

Posted by We Told You So!
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 12, 2023 at 9:09 pm

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Am just glad that they got those terrible Pothole-craters repaired. But the Weeds coming off of South 101, towards Embarcadero Rd into Palo Alto is dangerous. Especially for short people trying to get off the Off-ramps like me? Its taking your Life into the your accelerators hands and hoping that the person coming from E. Bayshore isn't a "Speedster" or Teenager?

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 13, 2023 at 12:31 am

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I understand Stanford is the Universe which holds us Palo Attans whole. Yet also hostage to outlandish property speculation . And the artier islands & side streets are grossly overgrown with neglect, non-native weeds, 3 ft high. This includes the vast amounts of empty homes and commercial properties on Stanford Research Park and Also mproper/ soil. I watched a three legged, scared, out of sorts Coyote at 8pm. He/She navigating a way at CT, toward heavy ECR auto traffic. Please city hired consults: what data measures can help our wildlife. Wage, job, housing disparity. I wish it not appear that those in covenant roles are neglecting job duties, assigned mitigation. ECR is a surface mess with rubble, people’s, rocks, concrete dust. Our service workers are abandoning the commute, the non union wage - - the safety of our own is being neglected. For what ? intending labor to get the basics done. The basic human contribution to the working elements to safety, travel, quality is being, visibly neglect.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 13, 2023 at 7:38 am

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How about some of those goats that eat weeds placed there for a couple of weeks!

Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on May 13, 2023 at 9:41 am

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I'd argue that the number of potholes -- some very deep -- are more of an issue right now. However, any small victories that we can get is still a victory!

Also: Is it possible to put a proposition on the ballot to ban "Express Lanes?" Traffic is significantly worse for anyone outside those express lanes. Not only is traffic on 101 worse, but it has spilled onto the Central Expressway too. One day this past week, it took me more than 35 minutes to drive from the San Antonio Road light to the Castro Street light via the Central Expressway.

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