Woodside: Retaining wall going in along La Honda Road at Friars Lane


Crews under contract with the state Department of Transportation are busy installing a retaining wall to shore up an eroded bank along La Honda Road near the intersection with Friars Lane.

Work on at least one retaining wall further west and further uphill on La Honda Road had been underway after storm water runoff caused the roadbed to subside just east of Grandview Drive. But problems arose with utility lines, leading to a need to take down trees, which then led to a delay on the roadwork and the start of work on a second retaining wall about one mile to the east at Friars Lane, foreman Joel Duckworth of Granite Construction told the Almanac.

At Friars Lane, a section of the road's shoulder had eroded to such an extent that a vehicle traveling past at night could easily run off the road and descend 15 to 20 feet into mud deposited there from erosion by storm water runoff.

As the photos accompanying this story show, the heavy equipment is sitting on a flat earthen table. This new surface was built by crews to accommodate a mobile drilling rig and the drilling of post holes into the rebuilt shoulder to accept long pilings to form a skeleton for a retaining wall, Mr. Duckworth said.


Sign up for Express to get news updates. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Dave Boyce


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Coffeebar opens in Menlo Park
By Elena Kadvany | 2 comments | 5,044 views

Spring College Fairs
By John Raftrey and Lori McCormick | 0 comments | 737 views

Couples: So You Married Mom or Dad . . .
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 736 views

Willow-Gate, and Safe Routes to School
By Stuart Soffer | 5 comments | 440 views