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LAH officials negotiate improving ‘dangerous’ intersection

Residents and officials agree that an intersection in Los Altos Hills well traversed by both cyclists and motorists that one councilman deemed “damn dangerous” needs safety improvements to prevent collisions.

But because the town shares jurisdiction over the intersection, located at the junction of Page Mill and Moody roads and the private Buena Vista Drive, with both Palo Alto and Santa Clara County, implementation requires negotiation.

The Los Altos Hills City Council Sept. 22 unanimously approved the concept – but not the execution – of installing a radar detector with flashing lights to warn motorists of oncoming traffic as well as stationing a stop sign to slow downhill traffic along Page Mill.

Approving the safeguards in concept, Mayor Ginger Summit said, could increase negotiating clout to persuade Palo Alto to perform further line-of-sight excavation along Page Mill. Per an agreement with Los Altos Hills, a Palo Alto crew over the summer dug out the blind corner, but residents of Buena Vista Drive, who say they can’t see oncoming traffic when turning left onto their street, weren’t satisfied.

“We’re hoping that with these other options – a stop sign and flashing warning sign – that Palo Alto will consider taking prompt action” on excavation, Summit said.

Jaime Rodriguez, Palo Alto’s chief transportation officer, said Monday that he met with Los Altos Hills Public Works Director Richard Chiu and awaits a proposal from the town.

The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors has jurisdiction over installing a stop sign. Summit said she planned to seek approval at a supervisors’ meeting Tuesday morning, after the Town Crier’s deadline.

In the meantime, Summit said it “scares (her) to death” that an accident could occur while negotiations take place.

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