Q Can you help me out? I commute from Oakley to San Jose on Vasco Road every day in a company truck. We have these GPS monitoring devices that track our speed and the posted speed. We are not allowed to go over the posted speed.
A So what's the problem?
Q The problem: NO ONE goes the speed limit! Vasco Road is like the Autobahn. The speed limit is 55 and 50 in places. Morning is worse, with people tailgating me, flashing their lights, passing me on the right shoulder, passing me across the double yellow, honking, screaming, etc.
I even get the ones that think it's cute to cut me off and slam on their brakes. I am going the posted speed limit, not 30!
Interstate 580 is another trouble spot. With the road work going on, the speed limit is posted at 55. I have semi drivers get ticked at me for going the speed limit.
Can you put the word out that people who drive company vehicles have to do what we are told? It is our job, not a choice.
A Word is out. Sgt.-Tom-the-Alameda-County-Lawman says: "This driver is right and all other drivers are wrong. He is stuck between a rock and a hard place because of the other lawbreaking drivers!"
Trying talking to your bosses about getting a dashboard camera to perhaps nail those idiot brake screechers who put your life at risk. And don't underestimate the power of Roadshow. You might see a few more cops out here, and on another road. ...
Q I ride from Brentwood to Concord on Marsh Creek Road almost daily. The problem I encounter is the reckless disregard for the double yellow line. At least four times in one week, I was nearly run into the side of the hills by drivers cutting curves. In the past three months of making that drive, I have not seen CHP out there but once and that was for traffic control during construction. How do we get them or the sheriff to patrol more often to get this under control?
My other thought is to post fine signs for driving left of the center. I know that used to be a big ticket in Mount Diablo State Park when I worked there many years ago.
A That fine can run several hundred dollars.
Q On Highway 4 about 2 miles east of I-80, just before Franklin Canyon Golf Club, there is a patch of road about a quarter of a mile long that was roughed up for new asphalt and left that way for over three years that I know of. Any info?
A This area was having traction issues, so Caltrans grooved the pavement to help improve traction. In essence, they traded a smooth ride for better traction.
Q Any idea when they will ever turn on the Highway 101 metering lights in Morgan Hill? Traffic there is so bad every weekday morning. Nobody seems to understand how to merge into traffic (or possibly they don't care) and it causes so much congestion. I think that since Morgan Hill residents can't seem to merge properly, they need to be punished with metering lights.
A They are coming. Caltrans says ramp meters could be working late next year between the San Benito County line and Highway 85.
Q As you know, over the past several years Caltrans has been constructing new interchanges on Highway 101 in Monterey County, specifically at San Juan Road and at Crazy Horse/Echo Valley roads. Although the San Juan interchange is not yet complete, the Crazy Horse/Echo Valley interchange seems to have been nearly finished for quite a while now.
But nearly finished is not the same as finished. There are still no permanently erected signs for this junction, nor has the median barrier been rebuilt. We still have narrowed lanes and a temporary barrier for many miles along 101. Can you find out when the final touches will be complete for this stretch of road? The delay is inexplicable and the road remains dangerous as a result.
A Relief looms. The Crazy Horse Canyon interchange opened in October, but there is still a considerable amount of behind-the-scenes work to finish, such as rebuilding the drainage system and constructing a new median barrier. Much of this work happens at night and underground, so it is hard to see the progress.
The narrow lanes, temporary barrier and temporary constructions signs are all needed until work is done, which should be in the next few months.
As for the San Juan Road interchange, it is about halfway done.