The City of Palo Alto and the City of East Palo Alto invite residents to attend a community meeting about the project to replace the Newell Road bridge over San Francisquito Creek. At this community meeting, project staff will describe a planning process to identify feasible alternatives for replacing the bridge and solicit comments and questions from members of the public.
The City of Palo Alto, in coordination with the City of East Palo Alto and the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (JPA), is managing a project to replace the Newell Road bridge over San Francisquito Creek in order to prevent flooding and to enhance the safety of motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. The current bridge obstructs the flow of the creek during high flow events, posing a flooding hazard once
replacement of the upstream Pope/Chaucer bridge is completed.
Preliminary designs to replace the bridge began in 2012, and residents shared their concerns with the concepts at a Palo Alto Architectural Review Board meeting and through other communications. The City held a community meeting last January to review the alternatives and receive further community input. The City of Palo Alto also committed to conduct an environmental Impact Report (EIR) process to provide
additional review and to include multiple project alternatives. Included in the process are alternatives suggested by community members such as removal of the bridge without a replacement and a bicycle/pedestrian-only bridge. Some of these proposed options could potentially lead to an increase in traffic volume and/or speeds on Newell Road, or divert existing traffic onto neighboring streets.
Please visit www.cityofpaloalto.org/newell for additional information about the project.
See flyer (PDF, 80 KB) for more information.