Posted by Dharma, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2012 at 2:01 pm
CalTrans is not terribly interested in maintaining local roadways, its in the business of the Big Project. Their monument will be the (Chinese built) eastern span of the Bay Bridge due to open any year now. In San Mateo they are working w the city to respond to a two block back up at Poplar Ave on ramp - which the city after much study determined can be fixed for about $100,000 - by rebuilding the (recently built) adjacent Peninsula ramps instead including eminent domain for like $10 million. In Menlo they are looking at a full rebuild of Willow Rd/ 101 interchange because Willow backs up for 45 minutes twice a day but not the 1/2 mile back-up on south 101 at Woodside road that happens all day long. El Camino is just not worth these guys time. OK at least the freeways are flat and smooth.
Posted by Donald, a resident of another community, on Oct 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm
There is another solution - not wireless, but close. Many Palo Alto intersections along El Camino Real have video camera detection. The cameras are mounted on poles where they are immune to damage from roadway degradation and repair, and where they can be accessed without closing roads and without putting workers in danger from traffic. They have been in place for several years and seem to work quite well. Why has Menlo Park not asked for these to be installed?