MOUNTAIN VALLEY, CA—The local city council has denied Google’s request to restart work on two bridges that would connect its North Bayshore campus with a new, 1 million-square-foot complex at the NASA Ames Research Center.
Mountain View City Council members suspended the work about a year ago, saying they first wanted to see the results of a study on transportation issues in the heavily congested North Bayshore area, says the Palo Alto Daily News. That study is due Feb. 5.
David Radcliffe, Google’s vice president of real estate and workplace services, said the company is in a tight race against the clock. The Bayview complex is slated to open in 2015, but Google has a narrow window, the dry season between May and October in 2014, to prepare the levees of Stevens Creek for a pedestrian and bicycle overcrossing, he said.
Google is also looking to build a separate vehicle bridge where Charleston Road ends at Stevens Creek. That structure, however, would bypass levees on both sides of the waterway.
The success of the Bayview complex hinges on an “efficient connection” with the North Bayshore campus, Radcliffe said.
“Without this connection,” he said, “any movement between the two campuses will unnecessarily be pushed out onto city streets and back up through the 101 and Shoreline (interchange).”
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