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Middlefield Road Diet Hits the Streets

Middlefield Road Diet Hits the Streets

After a year-long trial run, Council approved making road safety modifications on Middlefield Road permanent at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 14. The pilot removed one travel lane in each direction between Palo Alto Avenue and Everett Avenue, added a two-way left-turn lane, and turned limited time- of-day turn restrictions at the intersections of Hawthorne Avenue and Everett Avenue to full-time restrictions. A center turn lane was also created between Everett Avenue and San Francisquito Creek. The road diet, as many called it, saw a decrease in vehicle speeds, and reduced the crash rate in half, to a five-year low.

The safety improvements are not without side effects, such as greater delays at the Middlefield and University Avenue intersection, and seeing more cars travel on parallel streets. Traffic on the parallel streets was found to be within acceptable ranges for those type of streets. You can click here to read the full staff report and find a detailed pilot summary report developed by Alta Planning+Design.

Last Updated: January 22, 2019