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Metering lights from Winchester Boulevard to northbound Highway 85.

Q I have written you a number of times regarding turning on the metering lights on Highway 85. Why is it that people living south of Interstate 280 have metering lights and thus have to wait to get on the freeway and then wait in traffic because the folks north of 280 have no metering lights?

Dom Deranieri

Los Gatos

A That is about to change. On Friday Caltrans will begin installing meters at 15 onramps from I-280 north to 101, with five ramps being widened with regular or carpool lanes. The meters could be operational at the end of 2014.

This phase involves only the installation of electrical equipment and setting up guardrails so crews can work safely.

Q In one of your columns, I read Si Gutierrez's comment that he sometimes gets behind a car with a bumper sticker that says: "Visualize using your turn signals," only that driver never used his blinkers.

Another driver of the car could have put the bumper sticker on her car that a non-blinker-using spouse occasionally drives. That's why I have not requested one of your bumper stickers because I would be too embarrassed by my husband driving my car and not using his blinker. Even after I showed him your column, he has not changed.

This summer while traveling to different softball tournaments, we often had other parents following us. I'm not sure if they thought my husband had great powers in locating the fields, but most of the time he wouldn't use the blinkers and it was a scene out of the movie "Bullitt," with other parents making moves that would rival professional stunt drivers.

If you print this, I don't care if you use my name and city. It might shame my husband into using his blinkers!

Laura Barnett

Watsonville

A Laura, shame on your hubby!

Q I drive Interstate 280 from San Francisco to Palo Alto, and the trash and leaves next to the fast lane is unbelievable. This portion of the freeway hasn't been cleaned for years. Can you get Caltrans to clean this mess?

Mical Baluch

San Francisco

A The message has been delivered. Look for a cleaning soon, hopefully.

Q Every evening I am one of many commuters stuck in traffic heading north on Trimble Road in San Jose, waiting to make a right turn onto Montague Expressway. The light has a "No turn on red" sign.

Trimble has five lanes at this light -- three right-turn-only lanes, one straight-only lane and one left-turn-only lane. The vast majority of commuters want to make a right turn and wait in line in the three lanes designated for it. But some, to avoid waiting in line at the light, go into the straight-only lane and then when the right-turn light turns green, force their way onto Montague by making an illegal turn.

This behavior encourages others to follow suit and there are many near-misses in the rush to merge with other traffic turning right. Can San Jose police catch these culprits or can they allow the fourth lane to turn right, too?

Ani Mahajan

A There are no plans to allow right turns from another lane, but the county may refresh the striping to make it clear to the clueless that only three lanes turn right. You plea has also been delivered to police. You can also seek enforcement by filing out a form at www.sjpd.org or by calling 408-277-4341.

Q The other night I was on Brokaw Road westbound, trying to turn left to get on I-880 southbound a little after 5 p.m. The light to turn left must have gone green 10 times before I could cross, solely because of people blocking the intersection. You should have heard the Christmas horns!

The blockers were coming south off 880 and trying to turn left on Brokaw, and they seemed to have no clue that they couldn't complete the turn without blocking traffic. It was the talk of the office the next morning among several of us who went through that same ordeal, and one fellow said it took him half an hour to get through the intersection.

Is there any way to post "DO NOT BLOCK THE INTERSECTION! $500 FINE!" warning signs and have some of your fine CHP friends there to collect Christmas donations?

Tom B. and several others

A Caltrans will consider posting signs or pavement messages to keep this intersection clear, but this is a very wide intersection and cars coming off south 880 and turning left onto Brokaw can't always see if it is blocked.

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