Q I am planning a trip to L.A., and your recent article got me worried about Interstate 5 construction south of Kern County. I checked the Department of Transportation website and couldn't find any details. Where can I find more on this construction along I-5?

Reny V.

A Go to http://i-5info.com/i-5-north and click on the project names on the map for information on lane closures. These come out every Friday. Bookmark this, as over the next five years Caltrans will be spending close to $1.6 billion to improve northern segments along the Golden State Freeway (I-5) between the Ventura Freeway (Highway 134) and the Kern County line.

Q We returned from Disneyland to San Jose recently and found ourselves in the I-5 bypass lane out of sheer luck, just as Rosemary Siegfried, Jorge Rivera and many more did earlier. However, our situation was exactly the opposite of theirs. Traffic in the bypass lane wasn't slow and we flew by other northbound cars about two miles after the two split. I think we saved about a half-hour of stop-and-go traffic as we sailed along in the bypass lane.

I think it's really a matter of luck as to which lane will be best at the time, and the bypass lane is not always the bad lane to be in.

John Vitale

A Yep, and big rigs are using the non-bypass lanes, and their presence can really gum up the I-5 drive.


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Q Caltrans is rebuilding I-5 from the ground up north of Yreka. What are the purple pipes or purple somethings that go in first before pouring concrete -- to minimize icing?

Bob Strohecker

Palo Alto

A It is epoxy-coated rebar to prevent corrosion from salt getting into the cracks when Caltrans salts the road during the winter. It's part of a $55 million paving project in Siskiyou County from the Shasta River Bridge to the Klamath River Road under-crossing. It will use reinforced concrete that should last 40 years.

Q It seems like work has pretty much stalled at Highway 101/Capitol Expressway/Yerba Buena Road. Is the contractor taking a summer vacation break as the massive traffic jams and daily pileups on southbound 101 exiting Capitol continue unabated? When will work resume?

Kevin Goodwin

San Jose

A Break time is over. Actually, most work has occurred at night and soon a bunch of improvements will be visible.

On July 30, the Valley Transportation Authority will open the new southbound 101 exit ramps to Capitol and Yerba Buena. The Capitol offramp will allow motorists to head east or west on the expressway through a new signalized intersection. And drivers wishing to get to Yerba Buena will now be able to do so without navigating the temporary detour that has been in place since April. That is a month ahead of schedule.

On Aug. 8, drivers bound for north 101 should benefit from the opening of the new onramp from Yerba Buena and a new exit to Capitol.

The $36 million project is on track to open early next year.

Q Mr. Roadshow, I'm so happy that you wrote the "Spouse at wheel" column recently. My husband complains that he does all the driving, and he does. Here's why:

When I drive, he asks me why I'm not in the No. 1 lane, watch out for this car (by the way, he's pointing his finger), you're in the No. 3 or 4 lanes too soon, why are you going this way when you were going the other way (because I can), why are you parking this far away (because I want to), and so on. This is why you do all the driving, hubby.

Dorie C.

San Jose

A Dorie asked that her last name not be printed (so that if her husband sees this, he'll think it was some other Dorie?).

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