Senator Josh Becker To Present $2 Million Check To Palo Alto City Officials

(Menlo Park) – Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park) will present a $2 million “big check” to Palo Alto city officials on Saturday, November 19, representing the funds Becker was able to secure in the state budget to help pay for the replacement of the Newell Road Bridge.

Who:              Senator Josh Becker

What:             Check Presentation to Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt & Other City Officials

When:            Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 10:00am

Where:          King Plaza, in front of Palo Alto City Hall

Built in 1911, the Newell Road Bridge has been classified as functionally obsolete by the California Department of Transportation because it doesn’t meet modern standards for lane-widths or safety measures for bicyclists and pedestrians.  The City of Palo Alto’s Bridge Investment Program recommends replacing the bridge through a partnership with the City of East Palo Alto, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, and the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority.

The new bridge will be nearly twice as wide and twice as long as the current bridge, plus it will become a multi-modal bridge offering two car lanes, two pedestrian sidewalks and more safety features.  The bridge will also be built in a way that will increase the capacity of the San Francisquito Creek, which in turn will reduce the flood risk for the downstream communities.

First elected in 2020, Senator Becker represents the 13th Senate District covering portions of of Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and includes the cities of Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Mateo, Santa Clara, South San Francisco, and Sunnyvale.

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