Q I haven't heard anything about the "Fab Five" lately. Are they still in existence?
A Nope. The CHP's special five-person traffic team in the South Bay was disbanded a year ago and assigned to different duties.
The anti-speeding unit was formed in 2007, and in its first year crashes, fatalities and deaths fell significantly. And the number of speeding tickets? The Fab Five had a field day, issuing more than 11,000 tickets, or more than double the 4,155 handed out the previous year by the entire 70-plus San Jose division that patrols most Santa Clara County freeways and expressways.
Q When is the construction on The Alameda west of downtown San Jose supposed to be completed?
A Next summer, with paving on perhaps San Jose's bumpiest street among the final improvements. The current work is focused on underground jobs such as the sewer system. Starting in a few days there will be construction of median islands between Stockton Avenue and Race Street westbound. One lane in each direction will be closed between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Q At the corner of The Alameda and Race Street they are eliminating the right-turn lane. I travel that coming off Julian Street, and The Alameda intersection is full of cars and it is very had to get all the way across to the right-turn lane. Now with only two lanes it is going to be very difficult to get across traffic to turn right on Race. I understand the "bulb-outs" and for the most part like them, but the one at The Alameda and Race is wrong.
A This decision is final. The city has proposed this for many years to provide pedestrian improvements including a median refuge island and bulb-outs to make the crossing shorter. The city thinks traffic impacts will be minimal, since drivers are not supposed to make a right turn onto Race on a red light. That is because, in the process of making that turn, they are crossing a signal-controlled leg of nearby Martin Avenue.
Q Help! Alpine Road has been repaved where it passes under Interstate 280. The roadway is now striped with a bewildering array of green striped areas, hash marks, solid lines and dashed lines. It looks like they are trying to make a bike lane, but how on earth do drivers tell where we can cross this green striped bike lane?
A The striping isn't done yet, so be patient. The bike lanes will get a solid green surface with hatched green areas. The hatched area is the preferred location to cross the bike lane to get to or from 280. Otherwise treat these green lanes as normal no-colored bike lanes, as the rules of the road are the same: Motorists may not drive in the bike lane except to park, to enter or exit a driveway or to prepare for a turn within 200 feet of an intersection.
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A For me, too.