Menlo Park council votes for yield signs on Wallea Drive

Despite the strong recommendations of transportation staff and the majority of the Transportation Commission to install stop signs, the Menlo Park City Council voted 3-2 to install yield signs on Wallea Drive instead.

During the Aug. 26 council meeting, several residents who live near the street's two intersections with San Mateo Drive, where the signs will go up, argued in favor of the yield signs on grounds that there had never been an accident to justify requiring a full stop.

As far back as 2007, transportation staff had recommended stop signs. Limited visibility into the intersection made yield signs inappropriate, according to the staff report, which concluded, "Even though there were no reported collisions at these two intersections for the three-year period between September 2003 and September 2006, there had been reports of near collisions at the southerly end of Wallea Drive at San Mateo Drive from residents as well as from drivers."

Interim Public Works Director Jesse Quirion told the council that the recommendation had not changed over the years. "It's still a stop sign," he said.

The council briefly discussed and quickly discarded a suggestion that both stop and yield signs be installed, which Mr. Quirion noted would be "too confusing."

Vice Mayor Catherine Carlton, who said she'd originally leaned towards yield signs, changed her mind, asking how drivers could yield without a clear view of what they were yielding to. Ms. Carlton and Mayor Ray Mueller cast the two dissenting votes.

Councilman Rich Cline, voting with the majority, noted that he had heard the issue discussed before, and said he thought there wasn't the same lack of visibility now as in 2007.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Well if there is a vehicle accident at the intersection one can only hope for a very minor non-injury accident and with a bit of karma only involving those who voted against the stop signs.

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Posted by Dick Givens
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 28, 2014 at 3:21 pm

This may come up again if there is an accident. The recommendation of the Staff and Transportation Committee, rejected by the City Council, could go in as evidence on the issue of notice in a dangerous and defective condition of public property action. We shall see.

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Posted by thanks
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 28, 2014 at 4:39 pm

On behalf of the majority of folks who voiced opposition to the stop signs, thank you city council. Do not expect any gratitude from residents in the area for they are so incensed by their political positions, they wouldn't dare thank you in public. Sad but true.

Don't let the bitterness of the folks who were voted down get you down.

You made the right decision. Intersections with no signage today and with no record of accidents, just became a little safer.

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Posted by Good grief
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 29, 2014 at 8:13 am

Nice backhanded thank you.

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