Alpine Road closures an encouraging “sign”

Work underway on Alpine Road will mean weekday closures.

UPDATE (Jan. 12, 2022): Heard on the street, Alpine Road work can’t begin until San Mateo County officially “gives” the road to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD). That could take another year.

Efforts must be made so that MROSD doesn’t have to start over with environmental impact reports.

Then it will be another two years before work is completed. As noted below, the plan has already been drafted.

It looks like the promised makeover for Alpine Road is underway, based on the sign I saw today.

I rooted around and found the Alpine Road environmental impact report done by LSA, an environmental consulting firm based in Richmond, Calif. It was published in October 2020. If the link doesn’t work, you can download the file from my site, below.

I rode to the green gate and waited for riders coming down. They said there is no indication of repairs.

Riding to the green gate I didn’t see anything either, beyond a couple of signs saying the road is closed during weekdays.

Reading the report, it might be the job site is at Joaquin Road and Alpine Road junction, not visible at this time.

Alpine Road repair a short distance down from Joaquin Road.

The report is exhaustive, and exhausting to read. As much as I value a thorough plan, I wonder if we need every little detail accounted for.

Back in the day, huge construction projects were completed in a flash. Now it is true that some catastrophes (think St. Francis Dam) occurred, there are also construction disasters even with environmental impact reports.

The report points to completion in three months — at least that’s the goal. That could mean construction begins next summer?

Let’s hope so.

(I don’t know all the agencies paying for the work, but it’s our tax dollars. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District is the primary sponsor.)

LSA report download

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