Q Mr. Roadshow, you see these problems like no one else can. You're a central point for the various complaints, concerns and suggestions (and there are many, many more that you don't have room to print). It might be time for you to gather the overwhelming feedback from your readers for the worst problems, such as 101/880, and deluge the authorities in a way that individual citizens cannot.

Authorities should be held accountable for safety issues they cause with poor road design. I sincerely hope it won't take a traffic death or resulting lawsuit for the major problems to get fixed.

Jeremy Heth

A Let's start with that mess at 101-880, which has topped the Roadshow complaint list for much of the past year. This week Caltrans made numerous changes -- removing the existing right edge, or fog line, and extending the right edge line on the ramp to south 880, among others to hopefully ease the backups. This is a terrible interchange and the big fix -- flyover ramps -- would cost hundreds of millions of dollars and is not in the works. Hopefully these changes will alleviate some of the backups, but traffic delays aren't going to suddenly evaporate.

Q When, oh when, will Highway 101 south of Embarcadero Road be completed?


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It seems like months (years!) have gone by and nothing has happened. There still seems to be an additional lane that needs to be open, but the center divider has had orange cones for months. I'm sending this message at 2:40 p.m. on a Friday while I am waiting with my wife, who is driving, in the metering area to get onto the freeway. It's a parking lot!

John Eaton

Palo Alto

A It has been indeed. Alas, there is no change. Work should be done this summer.

Q If you report an accident that you witness to 911, is your contact information passed along to police or the involved parties so you can testify if necessary?

Stephanie Kareht

San Jose

A When someone calls 911 to report an accident, the dispatcher will ask about any injuries and the caller's involvement and contact information. San Jose police will only help with an exchange of information if the accident is property damage.

If a reporting party was a witness to an accident involving injuries or a death, they will be asked for their contact information and may be contacted by police at the scene or by telephone. The reporting party who is an uninvolved witness is encouraged to assist police with the investigation, but is under no legal obligation to do so.

Q My daughter was pulled over recently and the officer said it was because her license plates weren't reflective enough and she needs to get replacement plates.

Having seen cars on the road with plates that are much older than the ones on my daughter's car (a bit over 10 years old), if there is a requirement on how reflective the plates must be, there must be a heck of a lot of violators out there.

Was this a pickup line or a bored officer?

Ann Burns

A Beats me as well as my cop contacts. One said he could only speculate that the plate had been damaged somehow.

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