For several years now, Caltrans has wanted to design a left turn lane on El Camino Real at Floribunda, at the entrance to Hillsborough's City Hall. They have come to the residents and leaders of Burlingame to solicit opinions. At the meetings I attended the message from both was clear. "Do not remove our trees."
Despite that clarity, Caltrans has returned with their grand plan to remove 14 trees at this intersection.
I am reposting some comments made recently on this blog under an old post border to call attention to this important issue. If we oppose this action again, more strongly and more forcefully, I would like to hope that Caltrans will listen this time.
Please read further for ways you can oppose:
After almost 2 years of inaction, and in particular, no response to Burlingame and Hillsborough’s request for a “tiered approach” including using Operational Changes (ie. No Left eastbound, signal adjustment, one-way, or any combination thereof ) to reduce left-turn related accidents at Floribunda, BEFORE resorting to the permanent, irreversible widening of the highway, and tree removals to make room for a fifth lane,Caltrans has notified the Cities of its Application for concurrence in "Finding of No Effect" regarding the widening of the highway for a length of 644 ft. on the eastside of El Camino Real, and 427 feet on the westside. This is essentially confirmation that the widening project is proceeding as Caltrans had planned.It will result in the permanent loss of 14 trees, (only 5 of which they propose to replace elsewhere) and even worse, a significant change of character for that area, that likely not be last widening project planned. It will just happen in small increments over the next decades, until one day, it will all be gone.Comments to the contesting the Finding of No Effect (FOE) should be submitted to the State Office of Historic Preservation, (referencing FOE for Floribunda Project)- by August 21. This item will be on the Council agenda this coming Monday, August 17th, 7pm. City Hall.
Office of Historic Preservation
1725 23rd Street, Suite, 100
Sacramento, CA 95816 Attention: Natalie Lindquist