Q I noticed a sign on Highway 17 saying to expect delays coming up. What are they doing and what kind of delays can we expect?
A Lo-o-ong delays. This may not be the weekend to head to the beach over 17, no matter how great the weather.
Caltrans is building a retaining wall in Scotts Valley north of Glenwood Drive, and this weekend it will close one lane of 17 for a half-mile in both directions.
Here is the nitty-gritty: Delays could last 30 minutes, as one northbound and one southbound lane will be closed from 7 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday. During this time, motorists heading north will cross over the center median before proceeding south in the No. 1 fast lane.
The $2.8 million project will be completed in the spring of 2015.
Q I was very glad to see Daniel Onn's letter Sunday about traffic problems in Saratoga. Like Daniel, I am a longtime resident of Saratoga and walk/bicycle two or four miles a week on Saratoga streets, and feel that I am risking my life with every step I take.
The majority of drivers do not stop for pedestrians in crosswalks unless you step out (cautiously) and are literally almost in front of them staring at them. Sometimes they do not stop even then. Drivers routinely ignore the 25 mph limit on neighborhood streets, do not stop on red before turning right, roll through stop signs and all too frequently blow through red lights. And don't get me started on the number of selfish pigs who text or yak on handheld phones while driving.
How do I rate quality of life in oh-so-ritzy Saratoga? Between the aforementioned rude and unsafe drivers, and the equally disgusting habits of many dog walkers to either not pick up after their dogs, or when they do pick up, think it is OK to leave the poop bag by the side of the road, I give Saratoga maybe a "D."
Mrs. R.H. Patton
A A "D," eh? Anyone else who wants to grade drivers in Saratoga or other Bay Area cities, please weigh in. As for dog walkers who fail to pick up after their pets, you have a special place in Roadshow's Hall of Shame.
Q Wonder if you can help get this fixed. There is a section of Curtner Avenue between Union and Bascom that was recently expanded. But for the last two months, they don't seem to be able to finish the lane striping. There are now two lanes heading towards Bascom, but the right lane always seems to be partially blocked by parked cars, and the real gripe is that it appears that the lanes will weave instead of heading straight down the road.
Drivers are frequently confused and can't decide if there is one lane or two, or if the turn lane onto Bascom extends all the way back to Curtner. And the right lane has had orange cones up intermittently since the road was completed and continues to be partially blocked by delivery trucks from the Int'l Food Bazaar and patrons from the bar across the street.
A The developer made a mistake and had to remove the incorrect lane striping and make some other repairs. Once completed, new striping will allow for two straight westbound lanes.