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Safe route task force meets Monday at Homestead HS

The first community engagement meeting on the Homestead Corridor Safe Route to School Study is scheduled 6-8 p.m. Monday in the Homestead High School library, 21370 Homestead Road, Cupertino.

A task force whose job is to identify traffic concerns and possible solutions along the Homestead corridor leads the study. The corridor is the stretch of road between the intersection of Grant Road and Foothill Expressway in Los Altos and the intersection of Homestead Road, Hollenbeck Avenue and North Stelling Road, including entry and exit points. The task force aims to create a safer path for students traveling along the route to West Valley Elementary School, Cupertino Middle School and Homestead High.

At the meeting, the task force will present the study and its observations on traffic in the area and possible solutions, as well as listen to input from residents about traffic problems they have noticed.

The project brings together representatives from all of the entities involved in the corridor, including the Cupertino Union School District and the Fremont Union High School District; Homestead High, Cupertino Middle and West Valley Elementary schools; the cities of Los Altos, Sunnyvale and Cupertino; Caltrans; California Water Service Co.; the Valley Transportation Authority; the Santa Clara County Road and Airports Department; Santa Clara County’s District 5 office; and the firm Kimley-Horn, the technical facilitator hired by the county.

Following the timeline outlined in Santa Clara County District 5 Supervisor Joe Simitian’s initial budget proposal, the task force hopes to complete the plan for improvements by the end of the fiscal year. According to the proposal, once the plan is complete, the task force – as a multijurisdictional committee – will be able to apply for grants to address the issues, unimpeded by the jurisdictional boundaries and budget constraints of each municipality.

Throughout October, members of the task force collected data on the area and worked on identifying and prioritizing safety concerns. Nov. 1, the task force conducted a study stakeholder meeting at which members compiled the observations to create a more comprehensive map and suggest possible solutions.

For more information on the progress of the study, visit sccgov.org/sites/rda/PnS/CP/Pages/Homestead-Rd.aspx.

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