Q When will a modern-day interchange at Highway 101 and Mabury Road in San Jose be built? I recall reading about this years ago, but nothing has been done.
A I first wrote about this in 1992, and 21 years later, nada. It could be seven years before an interchange is completed. The estimated cost is $57 million and the city has $4 million in hand. It will seek federal and state dollars to move ahead.
But there is a glimmer of hope. This ranks as San Jose's No. 1 priority among freeway improvements, now that 101-Tully, 101-Capitol/Yerba Buena and 280/880/Stevens Creek are either done or under construction. Go to http://sanjoseca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/19523 to find out more.
Q What is the status for connecting Zanker Road to North Fourth Street and Skyport Drive in San Jose?
A The news here is about the same as at Mabury. Not enough money to complete the extension. The state's elimination of redevelopment agencies -- which in San Jose was a source of funding for transportation -- hurt, but developer fees will likely cover some of the cost.
Q Do you know when the Autumn Street extension will open from the Sharks arena to Coleman Avenue?
A We need some good news, and this is the best I can offer today. The Autumn Street extension from Coleman to Julian Street could be completed by the end of next year, but there's no date to extend Autumn from Julian to San Carlos.
Q The ride on First Street from around Alma Avenue into downtown is as rough as any road I've seen in San Jose -- pretty much a disgrace for a major roadway into downtown. I hope there are plans to resurface it.
A There are. Federal bucks will be used to repave First Street sometime next year.
Q Is it legal for a motorcyclist to park in between two vehicles which are at parking meters?
A Motorcycles and cars can share a metered space, if they can both fit. But the meter must be paid by one or the other, or both get a ticket. If there is no car parked in a space, then the motorcyclist also has to pay to park there.
Q What's up with the big trucks on Highway 85 between 6 and 7 a.m. from De Anza Boulevard and 237?
A Big rigs are legal on 85 from Stevens Creek Boulevard north to 101 in Mountain View. They are banned from 101 in South San Jose to I-280 in Cupertino.
Q I saw a blue "Interstate 101" sign the other day on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto. Where did this sign come from? I can't imagine US-101 is becoming I-101, so maybe someone in the Palo Alto Public Works street division got a little careless with their homework before making the sign?
A Could be. The city has told Caltrans it will remove the sign soon.