Q Hey Mr. Roadshow: I commute down 880 every day, and on Monday I saw signs that the carpool lanes have been changed to 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. nonstop. When was this terrible change snuck through and who's responsible? Someone ought to be hung out to dry for this. ... There's no midday carpool break from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to these signs! Whoa. This could be confusing. What triggered this change?
Devin Blong, Matthew Jue and many more
A Take a deep breath and relax. These hours would be in effect on I-80, I-680, I-880 and on carpool approaches to the Bay Bridge, Dumbarton Bridge and San Mateo Bridge weekdays ONLY if there is a BART strike. The roadways would revert to normal carpool hours if a strike does not occur. Remember that carpools are required to have FasTrak to use the carpool lane when crossing bridges, and on freeways like I-80, three people are needed to form a carpool.
If a strike occurs, Caltrans also will turn on its electronics signs and put up portable signs if needed. Go to alert.511.org for commuting options.
Q You might want to alert readers to the nightmare traffic that occurs every year before Halloween driving into Half Moon Bay on Highway 92 on weekends. I was returning home from the coast, passing through town around 11:30 a.m. two Sundays ago. Traffic on 92 heading into town was stop and go all the way up the hill to Skyline Boulevard, all the way down the other side to 280, and at a standstill on 92 for as far as I could see. It is inconceivable how the town could handle that many cars, and the BIG weekend is coming up in a few more days.
A Plan ahead, be patient and enjoy some pumpkin pie with whipped cream.
Q Recently you had an email about the 55-65 mph mph speed limit change on Highway 17 as one comes into Los Gatos. The writer questioned where the change to 65 occurs. About one-third of the way between the 55-mph sign and I-280 there is a sign completely obscured by tree foliage. It's not visible until you are abreast of it.
A This is on Caltrans' to-trim-list.
Q Maybe I missed some thing about turning on the metering lights along Highway 101 through Morgan Hill? In your Oct. 4 column, a reader stated "They put in metering lights, which as of today have never been turned on." Your reply was: "Good news. They could be up and running in early 2015." It will take 1 -1/2 years to turn on lights which have already been installed! That is good news? ... Gary, 2015? AAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH! Sorry, I thought at the end of the article you would maybe say next week.
Richard Garlow, Bill Harrison and so many more
A I wish. The poles are in, but software needs to be installed and then studies conducted to set up the timing, install pavement detectors and add meters at ramps where there are none. The state just set aside $15 million for this work from the San Benito County line to Highway 85 in South San Jose.
Q Gary, I'm betting your inbox must be overflowing after Sunday's column about the confrontation between motorcyclists and drivers in the Santa Cruz Mountains off Highway 9.
A Oh, my yes. A follow-up piece will be forthcoming.
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