Q The Alameda is in horrible shape between Julian Street and Interstate 880. There are huge potholes and numerous uneven surfaces. Any plans to repair this stretch? ... It's worse than driving a gravel road.
Michael DiTore, Andrea Teed, Jason Miller and many more
A Finally, yes. The Alameda has ranked as one of the South Bay's most pothole-lined streets for years. About a decade ago, ABC-TV from New York called to ask what was our bumpiest road for a story and I sent them to The Alameda.
Now, it's about to be fixed. Work could begin next week on new ramps and by June 23 on paving from I-880 to Stockton Avenue. Work will last through the summer.
In addition, sections of First Street, Santa Clara Street, Story Road and Blossom Hill Road are scheduled for repairs as well.
Q Why were there firetrucks and firefighters on every overpass on Interstate 280 a few days ago between Highway 87 and I-880?
A It was a tribute to a group of World War II POW Bataan Death March survivors and family being escorted from downtown San Jose to C.B. Hannegan's restaurant in Los Gatos for a group luncheon. This fast-dwindling group of American POWs was forced to march 80 miles in the Philippines under conditions that killed hundreds of Americans and thousands of Filipinos. They were in town for a convention and the procession was led by the Patriot Guard Riders and other law enforcement agencies and fire departments.
Q On the east side of Highway 101 there is a road named Silver Creek Valley Place that intersects at a "T" on Silver Creek Valley Road. Several years ago a traffic signal was installed at this "T" and I have no clue why. If you go south on Silver Creek Valley Place it dead-ends at a driveway that leads to two homes. Why was the signal that contains a pedestrian light ever installed and why does it continue to operate? I would like to stop shaking my head every time I pass through this light so please provide some rationale.
A The signal was approved in 2003 as part of a proposed private development at the southwest corner of Silver Creek Valley Road and Silver Creek Valley Place. The developer planned to build 227,878 square feet of hotel, restaurant and retail spaces on the 10-acre site. The signal was installed but the recession halted development. The developer is working on a new phased proposal. Groundbreaking could occur in the near future.
Q I am one of the many people who saw the CHP car with the dummy in it along Highway 17. We would see it on summer days when we went to the beach. It was parked on the outside of the sweeping curve that we all knew as "Dead Man's Curve." It was there only a year or two. ... A couple of decades back, the CHP would put a full-sized cardboard cutout of a CHP vehicle, with a smiling officer in it, by the side of 101 approaching Salinas. I saw it several times over the years and it always made my heart jump, but it got a laugh out of me too!
Larry Koepke and Derell Licht
A And I bet it slowed you down, as well.