MV Council's dedicated bus-lane support draws calls to reconsider

Mountain View City Councilmembers received an earful last week from opponents of the Valley Transportation Authority’s plan for a dedicated bus-only lane on either side of El Camino Real. They urged the council to reconsider its recent action supporting it.

Speaking during the public comment portion of the May 19 council meeting, residents predicted a traffic “disaster” if lanes were blocked off from cars and limited to bus-only traffic.


Cyclist strikes, kills Los Altos Hills pedestrian

A longtime Los Altos Hills resident and philanthropist struck by a bicyclist while walking along Page Mill Road April 20 has died from her injuries.

Kathryn Green, 61, died the next day from injuries sustained during the accident, according to the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s office.


Council flags $440K for future Foothill Expressway upgrades

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Engineering company URS provided the above concept plan for upgrades to Foothill Expressway between El Monte Avenue and San Antonio Road.

Residents irked that overflow traffic from Foothill Expressway spills into their neighborhoods are en route to receiving some relief.

The Los Altos City Council April 14 unanimously approved a contribution of $440,000 toward an improvement project for Foothill Expressway between El Monte Avenue and San Antonio Road.


Sewer repair project in works on Springer

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The sewer construction project on Springer Road is expected to cause traffic delays through April 24. A crew works on the intersection of Springer and Cuesta Drive, above.

Motorists can anticipate delays on Springer Road – between Rosita Avenue and Paco Drive – through April 24 as the city undertakes a sewer repair project.

Left-hand turns are restricted on the designated segment of roadway. Left-hand turns are prohibited for southbound and northbound traffic on Springer, with the exception of Paco Drive. Northbound traffic on Springer may turn left onto Paco. Left-hand turns are prohibited from Paco, Arboleda Drive, westbound Cuesta Drive and southbound Springer. Westbound and eastbound traffic on Cuesta will remain open, but drivers should expect delays.


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.


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