Q From Thanksgiving to Christmas, traffic on Stevens Creek Boulevard around Valley Fair is always horrible. During this time of year, I take Highway 17 to Hamilton Avenue and circle back on Winchester Boulevard.
With construction going on, that area is going to be even worse than normal. Is the VTA prepared for this?
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Q I was southbound on I-880 and took the ramp onto Stevens Creek recently. Yikes! The ramp is extremely tight due to construction, and I can only imagine the mess when it (hopefully) rains and when the holiday shopping crowds descend onto Valley Fair and Santana Row. Are new ramps going to be completed before Black Friday or should I begin planning to do most of my shopping via Amazon?
A The VTA made some significant changes last month at ramps and signals, but there are no major road changes planned before shoppers descend. Daytime work will take place mostly behind concrete barriers, while lane closures will be mostly limited to late-night hours.
"A good dose of holiday cheer will be helpful when traveling through this area! We are advising commuters to allow extra time, obey all posted safety and speed signs and to please drive through the construction zone with undivided attention. Just as in past years, holiday shoppers are going to experience congestion, especially since seasonal travelers will not be used to the new configuration."
Q I was on Highway 101 in the slow lane. Traffic came to a halt on the two lanes to my left but my lane was still moving at a decent speed of just under 40 mph when I was pulled over by the CHP. I was informed that I was in violation of "passing on the right." I explained that traffic on the left was stopped, and asked what I was supposed to do. Was I supposed to also stop and create a worse traffic jam?
The officer informed me there is no excuse. He did not ticket me, but kept me on the side of the road for about 15 minutes lecturing me on not being allowed to pass on the right. Can you clear this up?
A Passing on the right is legal, as long as you are not in an exit-only lane before an offramp or crossing over the solid white line onto the shoulder. Chris-the-CHP-Man said that, based on what you wrote, "I observe no violation."
Q I'm all for bike lanes when feasible, but please, bikers, do not include in every communication that we should all be biking to work. If we could, most of us would. This vapid assumption that people simply choose not to bike is incredibly annoying. It is great that you can tootle on your bikes to work, but 99.5 percent of us cannot for a number of reasons (distance, health, time, need to shuttle kids, etc.). So bicyclists, please obey all traffic laws and don't lecture us about trying out a bicycle commute.
Q I feel badly passing this on to you, but does the decision not to have carpool lanes through the tunnel mean that the Caldecott bore will NOT have "Carpool Tunnel Syndrome"?
A Yuk-yuk indeed.