The City wants your input….
Tackling the chronic traffic problems on Holly Street has been on the City’s agenda for quite some time. Indeed, if you have to pick out a flaw with how San Carlos was planned over years of growth, access to Highway 101 would be near the top of the list. Holly Street is the only access to northbound 101 in the entire city. You either have drive north to Belmont (Ralston), or south to Redwood City (Whipple) for the next available northbound on-ramps.
When the City pushed through the southbound access at Brittan Avenue, this helped alleviate some of the congestion on Holly but it didn’t solve the fact that too many cars are still trying to squeeze through a residential area to get to the freeway.
The City of San Carlos has been kicking around a number of ideas on how to change the flow of traffic on Holly. One that you’re likely familiar with is the plan to simply widen Holly Street near the intersection with Industrial Road. Another idea is to make Holly a one-way street between Industrial and Old County Road (see the diagram above.) This would require diverting east-bound traffic down East San Carlos Avenue, which I have to believe would face stiff opposition from residents on McCue Avenue — the back yards of the odd-numbered addresses on McCue connect directly to this road as you can see from the map below.
There are some other very “creative” ideas that are being considered, and Mike Rosenberg’s column in the San Mateo County Times covers them in more detail. If you’re at all interested in this topic, be sure to click here for his article:
Close Holly Street to 101 traffic? San Carlos to study options
Here’s another article that was just posted by Michelle Durand in the Daily Journal: San Carlos Soliciting Ideas to Improve Traffic
Public Forum – Tuesday July 21.
Have you got a good idea how to solve this problem? Input on the proposed plans? The City of San Carlos wants to know about it, so they’ve invited residents to bring their ideas to the next Transportation and Circulation Commission Meeting, which at 7:00 PM on Tuesday July 21 at the City Hall.
Here’s the press release from the City regarding this meeting:
Public Invited to Holly Street/Hwy 101 Workshop on July 21st
What are your thoughts on the proposed solutions? Post a comment below….
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