Q Gary, please don't let San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed skip out of office without addressing the horrific conditions of our roads. It's bad enough we don't have enough police and firefighters, but the roads? REALLY.
Does Reed own an auto repair shop or tire company? I drive to miss the potholes and sharp edges around everything. I don't see any roads anywhere being repaired. Please make this a priority. No roads, no Mr. Roadshow.
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Q I don't care about letters about traffic, stoplights etc. I want to know when San Jose will repave our roads. I am ready to buy me a horse and buggy.
A No more Mr. Roadshow? Horse and buggy? OK, you have my attention. The city's dilapidated streets rank among the worst in the nation, and San Jose has a $339 million backlog of deferred pavement maintenance and an annual funding shortfall of $80 million. Because of the backlog and shortfall, the city is reserving funds to repair 400 key miles of its 2,400 miles of streets.
San Francisco faced a similar situation three years ago when it put a $238 million bond measure on the ballot. It passed. Hmm. Should voters here copy that city to the north?
Q I realize that many streets in Santa Clara County are in need of repaving, but I nominate Miller Avenue between Prospect Road and Bollinger Road as the worst stretch most in need of repair. Can anything be done to repave this street before many of us have to have our front ends aligned and shock absorbers replaced? Try driving it yourself to see why I am complaining.
Q I will not submit my Prius to this pain. Noe-the-Pothole-Person says you are correct in that Miller is in need of repair and has sent crews out to fix potholes that need immediate attention. But Miller is not on the 400-mile priority list, and until funds are obtained there are no plans to repave Miller or almost any other residential street.
Q I've lived in San Jose for 21 years. The entire time, the westbound section of Hamilton Avenue between Meridian and Bascom keeps getting worse and worse. Will they ever repair this section?
A Good news, perhaps. The section between Norman and Leigh avenues will be re-evaluated later this year and may make the 400-mile cutoff list.
Q Maybe you can tell us why San Jose has spent taxpayers' money on painting double yellow lines and a massive amount of tire road bumps and center-line reflectors on Blackford Avenue from Norman to Meridian. This is not a major street. What the hell was the city thinking?
A San Jose did not spend our tax dollars for this work. The recent striping work was part of a traffic calming program with funding provided from developer fees. The striping was supported by a majority of households along this road via a petition. Blackford serves as the primary access to Blackford Elementary and Valley Christian Elementary, and the neighborhood. Edgeline striping was installed to visually narrow the road, which can help to reduce overall speed levels.