Viewpoint - November 23, 2011
Letter: Excited by prospect of six-lane El Camino Real
I read with pleasure that the city of Menlo Park is still considering the six-lane El Camino corridor. The bottleneck caused by the narrowing of El Camino Real to two lanes between Palo Alto and Redwood City causes unnecessary traffic congestion that keeps people, myself included, away from the downtown area.
It is not good for the environment because it forces drivers stuck in traffic to keep their engines running to spew out exhaust emissions, when they could be moving instead.
Expanding one lane in each direction isn't a big deal, and can be done by restriping and eliminating parking on El Camino, making the project almost free; no construction would be required. A six-lane El Camino would be a big plus for the downtown area.
Brian Schar, Laurel Street, Menlo Park
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