Q A rant. The idea of more electronic billboards, especially at 280-880 at Valley Fair, is appalling! There are so few highways left that offer some degree of peaceful driving that these proposals actually cause my stomach to ache. One horrible sign will inevitably lead to others. Please lead the fight to persuade San Jose and Caltrans to disallow any billboards!
A The battle to restrict digital billboards took a hit when a study released two weeks ago by the Federal Highway Administration concluded that drivers are not more likely to be distracted by digital billboards than by the nondigital kind. The study surveyed drivers in Richmond, Va., and Reading, Pa., and found that the average length of time drivers spent looking at digital billboards was 379 milliseconds, compared to 335 milliseconds for standard signs. "Results were both well below the currently accepted threshold of 2,000 milliseconds," the study said.
As for 280-880, the application for the sign remains on file with San Jose, but nothing has been done yet to move forward with it.
Q Why did they stop construction at the ramps at Capitol Expressway and Yerba Buena Road off Highway 101? Where did the workers go? Who is responsible for the construction schedule? Seems like they have been working on and off for years.
A Work began 18 months ago and should be completed before summer. Crews are out mainly overnight and are now focusing on building retaining walls under the bridge at Capitol. But overnight temperatures below 45 degrees delayed paving until this past weekend. In a few days crews will be back to re-stripe lanes.
Q Commuting as I do every day to Milpitas, it is always disappointing to see new graffiti on freeway sound walls. During the last few months, however, I have noticed that it is always painted over promptly. Since it is well known that doing this is the very best way to discourage the offending "artists," we can be very thankful to whoever is responsible for this policy. So, exactly who is it that we can thank?
A Caltrans oversees the cleaning of freeway sound walls.
Q I have a question about the intersection of Rengstorff Avenue and Central Expressway at the railroad tracks in Mountain View. When approaching the intersection from El Camino, you first come to a blinking red light. So I stop and check for cross traffic, then proceed if there is space for me on the other side of the tracks.
The trouble is that not only is there cross traffic coming from the Mi Pueblo store and from Crisanto by Rengstorff Park but there are cars coming from the other side of Rengstorff wanting to turn left onto Crisanto. When the light is green for cars turning left onto Rengstorff, those cars could also want to turn left onto Crisanto as well. In most cases, I just wait until the light turns green.
A This will change soon. A new signal should be completed in a few weeks and the blinking red light will be removed.