Q About the 12 worst roadways in the Bay Area depicted in your Dirty Dozen article: Perhaps it would be simpler and easier to list the few major highways that do not generate many complaints!
A Are there any? Actually, there are a few, leading off with Highway 84 from Interstate 580 to Interstate 680, which many drivers prefer as a way to avoid the 580-680 bottleneck. And about that bottleneck ...
Q I am amazed at the number of people who cannot think beyond their horizon while driving, especially when it comes to the 580-680 interchange. For people who are on westbound 580 heading toward San Jose and wish to bypass the ridiculous traffic and drivers at the freeway interchange, simply drive to the 580-San Ramon Road exit and access 680 either by eastbound 580 or Stoneridge Drive.
Another way is to exit at Hacienda Drive, drive south to Stoneridge and enter southbound 680.
A That's two!
Q Caltrans has made some great changes in the past few years -- completing a fantastic Benicia Bridge and adding video cameras to most of Interstate 80 all the way to the California state line.
A The Benicia Bridge is wonderful, especially with FasTrak, so that you don't have to slow down going through the toll area.
Q I went to Delhi from Antioch, 20 miles south of Modesto, for Thanksgiving and thought I would try Highway 99. I drove the 80 miles in two hours with cruise control set at 55 mph. Highway 99 is a good highway to drive on. They have paved almost all of it from Modesto past the truck stop. It is nice and smooth and you don't know you are on a road.
A Another good one.
Q Here's a great alternative route to Las Vegas: I-5 south, Highway 223 east, Highway 58 south to I-15.
Highway 223 has much less traffic than Highway 46, and I just hate driving on 99 because everyone drives like a maniac. This is all from my girlfriend's dad, who lived in Tehachapi for years and commuted to Bakersfield. Going the I-5 to 223 route also lets you avoid Bakersfield altogether.
A Swinging up to San Francisco ...
Q Here's a route that works to beat the backups getting to the Bay Bridge from San Francisco. Take the Sixth Street offramp from I-280 in San Francisco, which will land you at the intersection of Sixth and Brannan streets. Go one block north on Sixth and make a right onto Bryant to Fifth Street, where you will find the onramp to eastbound I-80 and the Bay Bridge. Or go one block east on Brannan and make a left on Fifth Street to Fifth and Bryant, where you will find the onramp to eastbound I-80 and the bridge. But that Fifth Street onramp onto I-80 east to the bridge requires careful attention in merging with the traffic because there is not much merging space.
A And now back to the South Bay.
Q I've had to drive from the Brokaw Road/Interstate 880 area to Highway 17 in the middle of rush hour. The first time I just used 880 from Brokaw. The second time I drove down Brokaw west to the airport, around the terminal loop, and got on 880 at the airport entrance. It took off 20 minutes!
A Shhhh. That is my secret way home to avoid the mess at Brokaw-880 and at 101-880.
Q Instead of taking Lawrence Expressway to get onto Interstate 280, I take Pruneridge over to Wolfe Road and get on 280 there. I think it costs me an extra five minutes, but it saves me a lot of frustration and high blood pressure.
A Lowering one's blood pressure is always a good idea.