Q There are huge cracks on Highway 101 in between the lanes in both directions for a several-mile stretch north of the San Francisco airport. I ride a motorcycle and consider lane changes in this area to be life-threatening. Some of the cracks are as wide as a motorcycle tire and are inches deep! When will these be repaired?

John Lippincott

San Mateo

A Here it is -- the promised paving update for roads across the Bay Area. Repairs are planned for this section of 101 this spring. Caltrans wanted to do the work earlier, but cold nighttime temperatures delayed paving.

Q The potholes on Interstate 280 between Highway 84 and Alpine Road in Redwood City are terrible. I've been commuting this route for over five years and have watched these grow from cracks to 1- to 2-foot-wide deep holes. This used to be the smoothest pavement on 280 but it's now a challenge to swerve and try to miss them all Any plans to address this mess?

Eric P.

San Mateo

A This area consists of concrete slabs that can't be paved over. The holes are called spalls -- basically potholes in concrete. When they start to break they are filled with pothole mix. Caltrans maintenance staff in this area is down to a two-person crew, but as soon as they can they will make repairs.

Q I have a long wish list but just one today -- repaving Interstate 880 north from Highway 238 up to Oakland. Is that in the cards ever?

Kendra Johnson

San Jose

A There is a paving project scheduled for 880 north from A Street to Marina Boulevard that should be starting real soon. There is also going to be some paving of both directions of 880 from 29th Avenue to around 5th Avenue. This also should be taking place this summer.

Q The potholes on the Altamont Pass are incredible -- some are like hitting an IED -- and I'm verging on losing steering control. Doesn't seem like any repairs are being done. My front end now shimmies due to them.

Bill

Stockton

A Paving will be done when the eastbound truck-climbing lane work now under way finishes from Greenville Road to east of North Flynn Road. The westbound 580 carpool construction should start in April and will include paving near North Flynn.

Q Didn't I read awhile back that Caltrans was planning to repave Interstate 680 with rubberized asphalt from Danville south to the Alameda County line? Is that still in the works? As a resident of a neighborhood that borders the freeway, the resulting sound reduction would be a welcome relief.

Camille Thompson

San Ramon

A No. The I-680 project is complete. Caltrans paved the left shoulder and carpool lane and replaced the existing concrete slabs in the other lanes.

Q I noticed on both directions of I-680 past Jacklin Road near Mission Boulevard that there are quite a few dips and jolts on the freeway. Any plans to fix these?

Gary Moitozo

San Jose

A This section is on the to-repair list, but the exact date is unsure.

Q The pavement on Interstate 80 west from Richmond to Albany is in terrible shape. There are many potholes and cracks, and I'm sure it is not good for my vehicle. It needs repaving soon. What are the chances?

John Underhill

El Cerrito

A The asphalt overlay here is about one inch thick and is starting to unravel. Road crews will conduct some small grind-and-pave jobs at the worst locations this spring, but a big rehab project isn't planned until 2017. "Until then we will do our best to hold it together," said Bill-the-Caltrans-Paving-Guy.

Q It's not unusual to struggle with potholes on city streets, but when the pavement on a major arterial like Lawrence Expressway in the South Bay has enough potholes to make it look like gray Swiss cheese, THAT'S a problem.

The fast lane between Moorpark Avenue and Homestead Road has potholes big enough to drown a small puppy and wreck the cars that use this area frequently. Can something be done before a car goes out of control because of the large, deep potholes?

Anita Goldwasser

San Jose

A Yep, Lawrence certainly needs fixing -- but so do other areas of this expressway, such as Kifer Road to Central Expressway. That's planned for 2014, but there are no funds for the area you are worried about.

Said Dan-the-County-Man: "This situation is not unique. Most of the expressways are coming due for another surface treatment, but there are not nearly enough funds to meet the needs. Until that changes, maintenance crews will make repairs as best as they can, while more long-term repairs await funding."

Q Both northbound onramps to Interstate 280 at Page Mill Road are in bad shape -- real teeth chatterers. Is Caltrans going to do anything about this soon?

George Offen

Woodside

A Paving could occur by late summer.

Q Please get on our leaders to stop the Valley Transportation Authority from extending light rail to Los Gatos, and use those millions to repave San Jose city streets, starting with Blossom Hill Road from Kooser Road to Cottle Road. Do you and our city and VTA officials really think the rich folks of Los Gatos will leave their BMWs, Bentleys and Lambs in the driveway and use VTA? Come on, now.

Mike D'Amelio

San Jose

A It will cost $175 million to extend light rail to Los Gatos. That would fill a lot of potholes.

Q I was delighted to find the abrupt change in pavement height on the access to Interstate 580 from Highway 13 has been repaired! Hallelujah.

Cynthia Bird

Livermore

A Hallelujah indeed.

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