Now you see them, now you don’t: Stop signs on Middle Ave. at San Mateo Drive

by Linda Hubbard on January 7, 2023

Driving home from Downtown Menlo Park on Middle Avenue yesterday, we noticed new stop signs being installed at San Mateo Drive, making it a four-way stop.

Late yesterday we received an email from the City of Menlo Park’s Public Engagement Office Clay Curtin:

“Our staff has used contractors to install new stop signs at several locations recently. Unfortunately, the contractors did not notify us in advance of installing the signs on Middle Avenue at San Mateo Drive today [January 6], which came before the required pavement markings could also be installed.

“With the ongoing storm conditions, it may be weeks before the pavement markings can be installed, which require several consecutive clear days. A legal stop requires both a sign and a pavement marking, creating issues with enforcement and liability.

“As a result, City staff temporarily removed the new stop signs late Friday afternoon and they will remain down until the full work can be completed.

“We apologize for the confusion that this has created for drivers and neighbors. We will follow up with our contractor to learn more about why this happened and to take steps to prevent it from happening in the future.”

A drive by this morning confirmed the absence of stop signs.

Photos by Linda Hubbard (c) 2023


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