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News - January 11, 2017

Woodside: Caltrans responds to 'adopt road' question

A spokesperson for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has responded to an Almanac inquiry regarding a story that ran in the Jan. 4 issue and online about a local group's nine-year quest to adopt a stretch of Woodside Road in Woodside.

As reported in the story, Susan Doherty of Woodside applied in 2007 to adopt a two-mile stretch of Highway 84/Woodside Road between Southgate Drive and Martin Lane. She finally received a response from Caltrans in the spring of 2016 and has signed a contract on behalf of Over The Hill Club, a group of local bike riders, promising to pick up litter on both sides of the roadway through May 2021.

Caltrans did not respond to a number of Almanac requests for comment on why it took nine years to get permission to adopt the roadway.

After the Almanac went to press, the agency responded.

Caltrans spokeswoman Gidget Navarro said maintenance records show that stretch of highway was adopted by the Woodside-Atherton Garden Club from February 2008 to February 2013. The garden club opted not to renew its contract and "there was a waiting list of five groups for it," Ms. Navarro said.

"After review," she said, Ms. Doherty's application surfaced. Ms. Navarro said she is uncertain why there was a three-year gap between contracts, but said somewhere along the line a longtime Caltrans employee retired in the district involved and a new director was hired, and that may have interrupted the process.

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