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Highway projects get tentative approval
September 24, 2012, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal staff
Some of the area’s most congested traffic corridors along Highway 101 will get some much-needed traffic relief as the San Mateo County Transportation Authority is set to approve more than $81 million to fund 23 local highway projects.

The biggest project the agency will fund, depending on board approval, will be for the construction of a new seven-lane overcrossing at Broadway in Burlingame which will include bike lanes and sidewalks, the reconfiguration of the existing on-and-off ramps at 101 and ramp-meter installation for $36 million.

Another recommended project is for $8.9 million to fund the reconfiguration of the loop ramps at Highway 101 and Woodside Road in Redwood City.

Absent from the list, however, are four projects that scored poorly against the agency’s technical criteria or did not meet the highway program intent, including an application from Belmont for a Ralston Avenue Corridor study and improvements. The application request was for $120,000.

Members of the Belmont Chamber of Commerce and city officials plan to appeal to the board at its Oct. 4 meeting to fund the request, however.

The authority considered 27 applications from cities and other agencies in the county for local projects totaling more than $101 million.

The other three projects not being recommended for funding include an application from Daly City for a traffic signal system upgrade; an application from Millbrae for improvements at Millbrae Avenue and Rollins Road; and an application from San Mateo County for bike facility improvements near Alpine Road and Interstate 280.

The applications were reviewed by transportation authority staff, Alameda County Transportation Commission staff and Caltrans officials.

While staff is recommending funding of the 23 projects, the board will make the final funding decision at its Oct. 4 meeting.

Other projects recommended for approval include $7 million for traffic improvements in Half Moon Bay along Highway 1; $7.5 million for projects in Pacifica including the widening of Highway 1 from four lanes to six lanes between Fassler and Reina Del Mar avenues; and $3 million for improvements to the Holly Street intersection at Highway 101 in San Carlos.

Other projects are recommended to be partially funded including $5 million for interchange improvements at Highway 101 and University Avenue in East Palo Alto; and $2.5 million for construction of a raised median on Poplar Avenue between North Idaho Street and Highway 101.

The authority’s role is to administer the proceeds from Measure A to fund a broad spectrum of transportation-related projects and programs. It is an independent agency and is governed by an appointed board of seven directors, who are elected officials, representing the county, cities and the San Mateo County Transit District.

The authority was formed in 1988 with the passage of the voter-approved half-cent sales tax for countywide transportation projects and programs, known as Measure A.

San Mateo County Transportation Authority board meets 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4, Bacciocco Auditorium, second floor, 1250 San Carlos Ave., San Carlos.

Bill Silverfarb can be reached by email: or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 106.

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