Q Often I will have a question for Roadshow that I know you have written about, but I can't find the answer through your archives. Is there any way you can devote some space and a place for readers like me to find this information -- such as rules about carpool hours at ramps where no times are listed?
A Your wish is granted. Starting Monday, Roadshow's online version will expand to include rules of the road, favorite columns, construction updates and more. This will be phased in over time, with a few carpool rules up first. Go to www.mercurynews.com/mr-roadshow.
Q I read your article last week on the situation at the southbound 101 offramp at Tully Road where only right turns from the right lane are allowed. We have re-evaluated this location and will convert the No. 3 lane of the ramp to a left/right option. We will also remove the "no right on red" sign which will increase the operation of this intersection.
A Whoa. I did not see this coming after state officials said that three left-turn-only lanes were needed to keep traffic flowing on Tully, despite howls of protest from those stuck in long lines in the single right-turn lane. The change should be made in a couple of weeks.
Q I received a ticket driving southbound Interstate 880 to south 101 in San Jose during commute time. This is when one has to cross onto the ramp from Old Bayshore Road and block traffic while attempting to merge into backed-up traffic to get to 101. I can get honked at and create road rage or miss the exit, take the next exit, re-enter 880 northbound and exit to 101. The common sense alternative is to safely merge like I did.
Half a dozen drivers were flagged down -- my first ticket in 15 years. The officer was not enforcing public safety. His suggestion to use another exit added to the congestion. In this case, the officer was a public nuisance.
A Well, maybe not.
Q I was so pleased recently to see the CHP pulling over drivers on 880 who stop in the slow lane and badger their way into the exit to south 101. Don't they realize that this backs up everyone else and risks serious rear-end crashes?
A Vinu, care to respond?
Q I noticed that Woz Way in San Jose is scheduled for improvements. Does that mean that they might fix that alignment-ruining bump on Park Avenue at the bridge just before Woz? That would be great. Not only does it knock teeth and spinal columns loose, I've had a couple of near rear-enders when I slowed down for that bump and the driver behind me didn't know why.
A Sorry, the bump will remain. The city checked out a previous Roadshow request and found that the only scenario that may cause concern is if a driver is accelerating to make a yellow light. Otherwise speeds here should be low approaching the intersection.
Q Here's another wrong key car story: Years ago our daughter drove her hand-me-down station wagon to the mall to see a movie. When she came out the car was gone. We did all the usual -- disbelief, searched the parking lot and surrounding streets, reported to police. The next day we got a call from an embarrassed new father. His wife had gone into labor at the mall and friends had given him keys to their station wagon to drive her to the hospital. You guessed it -- our car fit the description and the keys fit. Mother and baby did fine. Father was a little embarrassed. Daughter was exonerated.
Los Altos Hills
A Happily exonerated, I bet.
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