EAST PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — A new pedestrian and bicycle overpass to connect two East Palo Alto neighborhoods long separated by Highway 101 opened on Saturday morning.

The overpass, which cost $14 million and took 18 months to build, connects at Newell Road and Clarke Avenue.

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“This overpass brings us together physically and is symbolic of joining and sharing resources,” said East Palo Alto Mayor Lisa Gauthier.

One-third of the city is on the west side of Highway 101 while across the freeway are all the city’s schools, major retail shopping outlets, parks and community centers.

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New Pedestrian Overpass

A new pedestrian and bicycle overpass to connect two East Palo
Alto neighborhoods long separated by U.S. Highway 101 opened on Saturday. (CBS)

“Before this, if you didn’t have a car, someone would have to walk or ride along the busy, traffic-laden streets to get across to schools, shopping centers and parks. Now residents on the other side can take a shorter bike ride or easily walk to shopping, schools and parks,” said Vice Mayor Regina Wallace-Jones.

The city received $8.6 million from California’s Active Transportation Program to help pay for the overpass construction, with the remainder coming from a combination of local funds, city officials said.

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