Viewpoint - April 20, 2011

Chronology for Sand Hill improvements

Several dates were incorrect in last week's editorial regarding Sand Hill Road.

In approving the widening of the Sand Hill Road and two intersections in 1997, Palo Alto required Stanford to pay $10.3 million for most — but not all — of the project. But Menlo Park did not permit the work to begin on its portion of the road until 2002.

In January of that year, Menlo Park agreed to talk about approving the widening, which had already been completed on the Palo Alto/Stanford portion of the road, and, finally, in December, the Menlo Park City Council voted 3-2 to support a plan brokered by Steve Schmidt to approve the project. The deal included the requirement that Stanford pay for the entire project, which cost about $14 million, thus saving Menlo Park $3 million, according to Mr. Schmidt.


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