Q Have you driven Highway 101 between Gilroy and Morgan Hill lately?

Larry Shuyler

San Martin

A Yep, Mrs. Roadshow and I made that trek not too long ago. I don't think our poor Prius has recovered.

Q I drive it regularly. There are a lot of caved-in sections along the slow lane that are very deep. The northbound side is much worse than the south side. Needless to say, it's dangerous. Trucks don't drive in that lane. Many of the problems are at the exits, so it is hard to get around them.

Caltrans has thrown some asphalt in some of them, but that's not much help. I drive to Reno about once a month and have not seen anything on that trip nearly as bad as this south county section, and that is 600 miles of road. Are there plans to fix this?

Larry Shuyler and more

A I'm afraid you are going to need more patience or some new shocks. Temporary repairs will be made, but a major repaving from Dunne Avenue to Bernal Road won't happen for perhaps six years.

Q When is the striping along Highway 101 north in Redwood City going to be updated? Stripes are gone and sooooo many Botts' dots are missing.

Chuck Martin


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A It's bad, and Caltrans hopes to fix it in the next month or so. Crews will either put temporary striping or add thermoplastic striping for the Botts' dots.

Q Do you know if Mountain View has plans to resurface Shoreline Boulevard from 101 to Shoreline Park? That road gets a lot of traffic and is very rough in spots.

Rich Burnley

Mountain View

A The city has plans to resurface Shoreline in four or five years. Utility work must be completed first.

Q What's happening at the corner of Sunnyvale Avenue and El Camino Real? They have been at it for a good six weeks at a great inconvenience to pedestrians. It looks like they are widening the right turn lane.

Dina Cassidy

A The city is working to install southbound left turn access from Old San Francisco Road to Sunnyvale Avenue by putting a new traffic signal at the intersection. This also means the nearby intersection of Sunnyvale Avenue and El Camino Real is being upgraded by removing the pork-chop islands on Sunnyvale Avenue. This was approved after neighborhood residents voiced traffic concerns with the opening of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation facility on Old San Francisco Road. Work should be done in late October.

Q San Jose did a great job repaving North First Street between Tasman and Holger, but when will the sensor loops be tied in? We have been on timed cycles for what seems like a month now.

Malcolm Fay

San Jose

A The sensors have been repaired and should be reactivated Wednesday.

Q I thought I'd share a story. Early one recent Saturday I was driving my old truck to work and ran out of gas just as I approached the 76 station on Winchester Boulevard near Camden Avenue. I got as far as the driveway and that was it.

The station wasn't open yet, but the attendant immediately came out, without me asking, and helped me push the truck to the pump. When I steered it to the wrong side of the pumps (nice move), he said no problem, pushed it back and forward again. After filling the tank, the truck still wouldn't start.

The attendant gave me a tip to pump the accelerator three times, and the thing started right up. He then reminded me to wear my seat belt and wished me a good weekend. What a great guy! I'll fill up there again, that's for sure.

Patrick McGuire

Cupertino

A And you should.

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