Q With our increase in property crimes, when is San Jose going to change its amber streetlights to those nice white LED lights? I would at least like to see the criminals and know what color their getaway vehicle really is.
A You hate those amber streetlights, I hate 'em and so do many others. The city has converted nearly 4,100 of its 62,000 streetlights to LEDs, with 1,600 more to be converted in the next few years. That's not as fast as we might like, but lights on the busiest streets and downtown area are being converted first.
Q Some years ago many traffic lights were replaced with LEDs to save money. Sounds good, but I am always a skeptic. Have they worked out better or worse than expected?
A Let's use San Jose as an example. It completed its conversion to LED signals in 2006 and reduced its energy consumption about 90 percent.
Q Traffic on Brokaw Road has been a mess due to paving work. ... It took me 45 minutes to drive a couple of miles on Oakland Road from Highway 101 to Brokaw on Thursday -- 45 minutes! People were not happy. ... Brokaw backs up from Oakland Road to the airport. ... Why can't they do this work at night?
Anthony Bendter, Shirley S., Brent Gates and more
A John-the-City-Paving-Man says: "Believe me when I say I wish we could do this work at night. Unfortunately the slurry seal we're using to maintain Brokaw and Old Oakland Road needs the ambient temperature of the day's sun and warmth to dry. In short, the maintenance product used doesn't work at night."
But there is good news. The slurry seal work on Brokaw is complete, so major traffic disruptions should be over. Striping will be performed during the night. On Old Oakland, paving could continue into Monday, with striping at night.
Q What action do I take when a driver behind me is driving recklessly, tailgating my car and pulling up on the passenger side, where my child is sitting, and cursing me? Do I call 911?
A If you deem this to be an unsafe situation, a 911 call is warranted. We've had too many road rage incidents lately to let these antics go unchecked.
Q A month or so ago, Evelyn and Mary avenues in Sunnyvale were repaved. However, a BIG dip was left on Mary as it crosses Evelyn toward the railroad tracks. Any clue on when this will be fixed?
A Before Thanksgiving.
Q On my drive to downtown San Jose, I take the Santa Clara Street offramp from Highway 87. Recently, there has been a San Jose Police Department motorcycle officer at the bottom of the ramp who seems to be issuing citations as quickly as he can get back on his bike. It would seem that a lot of drivers are doing something wrong, and I would like to avoid their fate. What is he enforcing?
Los Altos Hills
A Cops have been working distracted driving enforcement, such as texting and talking on cellphones while driving. They were also focusing on drivers not wearing seat belts and making right turns on a red light without stopping.