East Palo Alto creek path reopens

The Bay Trail at San Francisquito Creek in Palo Alto has reopened.

A key path linking Palo Alto to Dumbarton Bridge opened last December, which is good news for cyclists who like to visit the East Bay parks.

The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority invested $76 million widening the creek, repaving the path that connects to Geng Road and adding a new Friendship bridge. The path that was replaced is only a half-mile long.

While you may think it a waste of money, it’s one of those public works projects that will pay for itself after the first flood. The normally placid creek occasionally spills over its banks and wreaks havoc. The wall and widening will help contain the floodwater.

Once over the bridge, the old path wasn’t repaved into East Palo Alto. Landscaping will probably be done later this year.

Friendship Bridge leading into East Palo Alto has been repositioned and lengthened.

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