Q Gary, a couple of weeks ago the electronic freeway signs sang out, "Involved in a minor crash? Pull over to the shoulder."
Well, the message didn't get through. Last week on south Interstate 280 after De Anza Boulevard, I observed two MORONS (for lack of a harsher word) exchanging information in the No. 2 lane in the middle of rush hour after a rear-ender that left no visible damage. To make matters worse, these IDIOTS were kneeling between the two cars while exchanging information. All it would take is one more car to hit and -- squish!
How about a new law? The CHP comes upon vehicles that can move and the drivers are in the lanes of travel exchanging information, both cars get impounded for 30 days and a $1,000 fine for both.
A Their actions were beyond stupid. Not only was their safety at great peril, but they risked the safety of others on 280 that night. Folks, never stop on the road like this if your vehicles can be driven onto the shoulder or onto an offramp. Never, never, never.
I don't want to write more stories about people like this getting killed or seriously hurt by standing on or along a freeway.
Q I am surprised that you are not getting letters about the traffic issues where Apple is constructing its 'spaceship" building. I live in the area of Pruneridge and Tantau and most of my trips involve using Tantau and Homestead. Now every time I need to go in that direction I have to explore to see if I can use Lawrence Expressway instead. If I have to use Tantau and Homestead, I have to remember to leave earlier than usual.
Every time you travel in this area you have to be extremely alert to see what changes have been made. Am I the only one feeling victimized by all of this?
A I'm sure you are not alone, and get ready for more work. Because of the upcoming permanent closure of Pruneridge Avenue between Wolfe and Tantau, Apple is moving forward on the rather large undertaking of relocating all utilities that are currently under Pruneridge to the surrounding streets of Tantau, Homestead and Wolfe. This means traffic controls may change from day to day and even over the course of a single day.
Work along Tantau will be wrapping up in a couple weeks, at which time work will begin along Wolfe and continue along Homestead.
In the meantime, go to the city's Apple construction website at www.Cupertino.org/appleconstruction for weekly updates on projected lane closures, detours, etc.
Q What's up with the bike path between El Camino Real and Cabrillo Avenue along San Tomas Expressway? It looks to be done and yet it is closed by a gate. We had been using it anyway as it is safer than riding on the expressway. But now someone has tied the gate closed. ... Did the mayor of Santa Clara refuse to endorse the county supervisor for re-election and that's why the bike path remains closed?
Russell Mason, Meier Brender and others
A Construction along San Tomas is virtually complete, but the contractor has a few things to finish. That should happen in a few weeks and the trail will open soon after that.