Archived News Release from 2004
For Immediate Release
Information Available on Downtown Parking,
Traffic Impacts During Peterson Trial
Redwood City, CA - January 29, 2004
- An estimated 400-500 members of the national and
international media are expected to be centered in downtown
Redwood City during the course of the Peterson trial taking
place here, along with their satellite and microwave trucks
and trailers, and other vehicles. To help accommodate this
flood of additional vehicles and their temporary but significant
impact on downtown parking and traffic, the City has announced
lane reconfigurations and parking availability.
For the duration of the trial, the north side of Middlefield
Road between Veterans’ Boulevard and Bradford Street
will be closed to provide long-term parking for media trucks
and equipment. The south side of Middlefield will be open
for one-way eastbound traffic only. No westbound (toward downtown)
traffic on Middlefield at this location will be permitted.
Westbound motorists will be required to use an alternate westbound
street, and are urged to exercise extra caution in this area,
and watch for special signage and lane changes. Depending
on circumstances, the City may make additional changes to
lane configurations or take other traffic safety measures.
Due to the high volume of additional vehicles expected to
park downtown during the trial, available parking in the area
is expected to be limited. To assist downtown visitors with
locating parking, the City provides a downtown public parking
map, available at www.redwoodcity.org/about/visiting.html.
Media support vehicles (passenger size only) may obtain a
monthly permit for special overflow parking areas to be designated,
by visiting Redwood City Revenue Services Department at City
Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road. Redwood City Police remind visitors
that areas marked “No Parking” or “Private
Parking” will be monitored and parking restrictions
will be strictly enforced.
“Our primary objective is to maintain the public safety
downtown, help motorists avoid the more congested areas, and
assist both regular visitors and those here for the trial
to locate adequate parking,” said Jeff Ira, Mayor of
Redwood City. “We’re asking for the patience and
understanding of our downtown merchants and businesses, their
customers, and others with regular business downtown as we
work to accommodate this temporary influx of vehicles.”
Visit Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org
for information about the City and its services, the community,
recreation programs, education, and City government.
Contact: Malcolm Smith
Public Communications Manager