City of Menlo Park reacts to Marsh Road closure with additional measures

by Contributed Content on June 2, 2016

The City of Menlo Park  is working to manage the additional traffic on detour routes from the Town of Atherton’s Marsh Road retaining wall repair project, with staff on-call to respond to issues as they arise.

Additionally, signal timing was modified on the detour streets (Middlefield Road, Marsh Road, Willow Road and Ravenswood Avenue) in anticipation of the added traffic.

City staff members identified several key observations from Tuesday, May 31 (the first day of closure) and acted to minimize problems/delays:

  • Traffic congestion at Middlefield Road/Ringwood Avenue/Ravenswood Avenue
    Staff adjusted signal timing to provide additional time for Ringwood Avenue-to-Ravenswood Avenue traffic and maximize left-turn capacity. This may cause additional delays in other directions, especially during off-peak times.
  • Unsafe left turns from westbound Marsh Road to southbound Bay Road
    Staff worked with Atherton’s project team to adjust detour/street closure signs and traffic control to allow turns onto northbound Bay Road into the North Fair Oaks neighborhood. Staff adjusted the traffic signal at Marsh Road/Bay Road to discourage unsafe maneuvers.
  • Backups at the Ringwood Avenue/Bay Road intersection (back to Marsh Road, past Flood Triangle, Suburban Park and Lorelei neighborhoods to Marsh Road and back to 101 freeway)
    Menlo Park Police plan to conduct manual traffic control at this intersection during morning commute hours and closely monitor congestion over next few days, until commuters settle into alternative routes with closure in place.

Of note,  Menlo-Atherton High School graduation is Thursday, June 2, in the afternoon/evening. The Town of Atherton has coordinated with Menlo Park Police to provide manual traffic control after the event.  Changeable message board signs will alert drivers on Ravenswood Avenue and Middlefield Road about the event and advise them to expect additional delays during that time.

For questions related to the project or detour routes, please call Atherton’s project hotline at 650-847-4045.

Photo by Linda Hubbard for (c) 2016

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