In the weekly feature called "e-views," we invite readers to answer a question via email.
This week's question:
What do you think about the metering lights that are now operating on the Highway 4 and Highway 242 onramps and are aimed at keeping morning traffic moving along?
THEY NEED TO hurry up and work faster the traffic is crazy all times of the day. But what seems to amaze me that people drive so slow just to look at what's going on with the construction. Keep it moving people please!
GOOD IDEA. Why weren't they all turned on?
TRAFFIC HAS been worse since they have turned on. Horrible idea in my opinion.
IT'S BEEN SO great! Much, much better commute lately getting out of Antioch. My commute is back down to the usual 45 minutes, instead of one and a half hours.
Michelle LaMisha Estrada
IT'S BACKFIRING BECAUSE more people are taking the surface streets already because of the gridlock on Highway 4 going through Antioch. We came through Highway 4 the other day with light traffic and the construction people have given cars just barely enough room to travel through. The specific area I am talking about on Highway 4 is on Lone Tree Way to through Somersville Road.
As for surface streets, I live right off Buchanan Road and coming up to Somersville is a parking lot at Buchanan and Somersville. If you go through there later than 6 to 6:15 a.m., you're screwed. This mess has added 30 minutes to my commute to Walnut Creek. Timeline from Buchanan and Mission, leaving at 6:30 a.m., puts me in Pittsburg at about 6:55 a.m., and that's traveling Buchanan, Somersville, Fairview, Delta Fair, which turns into Leland Road.
IT'S GREAT and seems to be helping. Should have done it along time ago. Stops people from exiting and getting right back on too.
BACK streets are horrible!
THE TRAFFIC ON Highway 4 from Antioch to Gregory in Pleasant Hill has gotten worse since the metering lights went into effect. Both in the morning and afternoon. Figure that one out.
LOVE IT. Much smoother coming from Concord on the way home to Brentwood.
LOVE IT! Should've been done a long time ago. Traffic has been smoother
IT'S DIFFICULT to get on the on-ramps. City streets are backed up.
I HONESTLY don't see that it's making much of a difference on the freeway.
Jen Perkins McVicker
This is how I see it. I live off Somerville Road in Antioch and the traffic has gotten so heavy on the streets, and to get into the Highway 4 is worse. People don't want to wait, so they block the intersection. It also makes impatient drivers to drive on the side of the road or in the carpool lane. Yesterday as I was waiting to get on the Highway 4 from Port Chicago, and there was a truck that almost collided with a car because the driver in truck didn't want to wait like everyone else. My point is that I don't like it! It's not helping the commute go faster. Take them away!
THE METERING LIGHTS interfere with the flow of freeway traffic. When you enter an onramp, you should accelerate to the speed matching existing traffic, or slow down some in order to merge. This cannot be done from a standstill. I don't think the powers-that-be studied this very carefully.
This week's question:
A storm of controversy arose last week when a man shot and killed two dogs that he said gotten into his chicken coop and killed his chickens. He had orginally told authorities his son had beaten the animals with shovels, burned and buried their remains. Current law says a property owner can kill an animal if it comes after its livestock. Do you think any charges should be leveled in this case, or should the law be ammended in any way?
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