Q For years I have been irritated by the way you are an apologist for everything that the government does.

Dan Gibbs

San Jose

A Me? Fire away, Mr. Gibbs.

Q You say that San Jose has a backlog of $339 million to repair 375 miles of streets. Why does it have to cost a million dollars to repair one mile? That is insane.

If there is such a backlog, why is this great city replacing every handicapped ramp with new almost identical handicap ramps? Check out Santa Teresa Boulevard and The Alameda as examples.

Why is Cottle Road torn up for the third time in five years? Of course it is for the new stores being built. But plans have been in for that area for a long time. Why wasn't it done right first? Efficiency in government is worse than it has ever been, and it is because too many excuses are made for poor planning and expensive work.

Dan Gibbs

A OK, my turn. San Jose has 2,400 miles of streets and most are in good to fair condition. Basic maintenance of these streets costs about $100,000 per mile over 30 years. But about 20 percent of city streets are in poor condition and require reconstruction, which costs from $500,000 to $1 million per mile over 30 years. The gas tax doesn't cover this, and more funds are going to needed.

As for those handicapped ramps, the Americans with Disabilities Act requires updated curb ramps to serve the disabled. They go in when there is new construction, development or paving. The work on Santa Teresa and The Alameda is being done as part of pavement projects and includes a retrofit of older ramps that don't meet current standards.

I'll side with you on areas where repeated work and development occur, such as on Cottle. You do the work as the development moves along, but it is a pain for streets to be torn up repeatedly.

For that, I apologize.

Q Gary. Get me the heck out of here! I am tired of all of this Roadshow crying! Boohoo. The CHP is messing up my commute on 237. Boohoo. The road is rough on Highway 17. Boohoo. My FasTrak did not work right. Boohoo. And to the guy who did not like that you mentioned your beloved dog died a few years ago, who was part of our lives just as much as he was part of yours and Mrs. Roadshow's lives.

Daniel Chapman

Santa Clara

A We still miss Abby-the-Roadshow-Golden-Retriever, who patiently rode with us on so many Roadshow outings over her 13 years with us.

Q The Valley Transportation Authority and other Bay Area transportation agencies should give you some kind of award for acting as their whipping boy for so many years and allowing people to moan about traffic to you instead of complaining to them.

Earl Mitchell

Hayward

A Boohoo!

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