Loyola Bridge construction to commence April

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Construction on Loyola Bridge, scheduled to begin next month, calls for widening and the addition of bike lanes and sidewalks.

Motorists on Foothill Expressway can anticipate 10-minute delays during peak commute hours for a few months beginning April 13 as contractors lay the groundwork for the Loyola Bridge renovation.

The construction project – which the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors awarded Feb. 10 to Granite Construction Co. – calls for the widening of Loyola Bridge by 23 feet on the north side and 15 feet on the south side. New construction will provide a bike lane and sidewalk in each direction, a through lane and a left-turn lane.


Council skeptical of El Camino bus project metrics and merits

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The Los Altos City Council sent a message to the Valley Transportation Authority voicing its concerns about bus lanes on El Camino Real.

With the El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit Project on schedule for 2018 construction, the Los Altos City Council is concerned local input may be left at the curb.

“It just feels like this bus is running down the street here, and we’re trying to catch it and have some influence on what might happen,” said Mayor Jan Pepper at the March 10 council meeting. “And it doesn’t really feel like that’s going to happen.”


Council considers freezing First St. development

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A pedestrian walks along First Street in downtown Los Altos last week. Future construction on the street could soon be barred by an emergency moratorium on development.

Further construction along First Street could be temporarily barred as soon as next week by an emergency moratorium on development.


Downtown Buildings Committee members

The Downtown Buildings Committee is charged with reviewing new development downtown.

According to a report by Councilwoman Megan Satterlee, the committee will study development within the context of current city zoning ordinances and the city’s Downtown Design Guidelines, Downtown Design Plan and General Plan.


Ladera update: Business not forced out

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Property owners of the site for Ladera Auto Works, formerly Village Motors, said they did not force their tenant to relocate.Ladera owner Steve West is leaving of his own accord.

Ladera Auto Works is scheduled to leave its 465 First St. location in a matter of days, but not for the reasons described in last week’s Town Crier business article about the auto repair shop.

The site’s owners, who have had the property the past 20 years, said they have not sold the property, as Ladera owner Steve West claimed in last week’s story, and they were not forcing the business to leave.


Residents, county support roundabout proposal for Page Mill Road

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After public oppostion to a traffic signal proposed for the Page Mill Road I-280 off-ramps, above, the Los Altos Hills City Council is considering a roundabout.

When residents of Los Altos Hills turned out en masse to oppose Caltrans’ proposal for traffic signals at the north- and southbound off-ramps at Interstate 280 last year, the county responded.

A working group comprising representatives from the cities of Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto, Santa Clara County and Caltrans convened with a vision to “take a fresh look at improvements with a corridor approach,” according to one of the members. The group reviewed the technical details for new proposals and gathered public input via email and three public meetings last fall. Eight months later, consensus is emerging regarding an alternative proposal to solve the growing traffic gridlock on Page Mill Road – a roundabout.


Mtn. View pursues housing near Googleplex

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With three new members elected in November, the Mountain View City Council voted to revisit housing options for the North Bayshore area, home to Google headquarters.

The Mountain View City Council unanimously voted to change course last week and pursue housing in the North Bayshore area, just beyond where Shoreline Boulevard crosses Highway 101 and Google has its corporate headquarters.


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