Improvements planned for Oregon Expwy


The $3.5 million plan will replace old traffic signals, make minor changes to side streets and optimize signal timing of traffic lights, according to the county.

The repairs and improvements are meant to facilitate travel for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists between West Bayshore Road and Bryant Street.

Needed improvements were outlined in the 2003 Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study, which was approved by the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and endorsed by the Palo Alto City Council.

"I am encouraged by the amount of community participation thus far, and look forward to the continuing outreach effort by our roads department," Supervisor Liz Kniss said in a statement.

"I know there is concern in the neighborhoods and it means a great deal to me that they share their concern so we can work together," she said.

Some conceptual alternatives include widening the roadway at Middlefield Road to accommodate left-turn lanes and changing intersection configurations to improve bicycle and pedestrian crossing, according to the county.

The plan for physical improvements is still taking shape. The goal is to present a final plan, which incorporates community ideas into the design, to the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission in early 2009.

Information about the project is posted at

Comments may be submitted by e-mail to or via fax at (408) 298-3806.

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