As most people are aware, the Grade Separation is grossly over budget. There are three reasons for this: 1) increase in construction costs, 2) mistaken believe that you can get "three for the price of two", and 3) lack of project management. The first reason is a result of the economy and other factors, many of which are beyond our control. Secondly, it is my belief that Belmont was naive in its belief that you could do three projects for the price of two (Ralston, Harbor and Holly). The third reason is something that could have been avoided. Belmont chose to have existing staff oversee the single largest public works project ever undertaken in this city, rather than a special project director. (There is now.) Project overruns could have been foreseen early on, and we might have been able to make some changes early on in the project.
At this point I would just like to see us get this project completed, with or without Harbor. The San Mateo County Transportation Authority has already suggested that Belmont change Ralston's design in order to reduce the cost. I believe that it's not in Belmont's best interest to compromise the design that was chosen for Ralston by a very competent Task Force. As a council person, I would certainly explore all options for funding for completion of this major project. We need to provide relief for residents and businesses who are suffering from the construction and road closures.