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Los Altos council approves library parking changes


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A concrete median (in yellow) and a new crosswalk (in green) were among changes that the Los Altos City Council approved for the main library parking lot last week. The plan also removes three parking spaces (in red).

The Los Altos City Council Jan. 10 approved in principle a new parking design for the Los Altos main library.

The design, according to a city staff report, is aimed at mitigating traffic circulation problems near the library parking lot’s main entry at San Antonio Road.

Among the problems, the report stated, are the three parking stalls closest to the main entrance. Visitors leaving those stalls, the report noted, often block other vehicles entering from San Antonio Road, causing backups on the roadway as they make illegal three-point turns to leave the parking area via the main entrance.

The design proposal approved by the city council calls for those three spaces to be eliminated and moved to a satellite parking area near the Hillview Community Center soccer field.

The design includes the construction of new curbing and a concrete median separating the entrance and exit lanes at the San Antonio Road entrance to prevent motorists from making illegal three-point turns and U-turns.

In addition, plans call for new parking stalls to be painted at an angle designed to increase visibility, the installation of new signage and a new crosswalk near the main entrance to the library building.

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee was directed to review the design and consider additional safety and traffic-flow hot spots prior to the council’s Tuesday meeting.

The council will discuss the matter of funding the $50,000 design as part of its midyear budget adjustment at Tuesday’s meeting.

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