Q What is the story with the abruptly ending connector to nowhere at the Harold T. "Bizz" Johnson Interchange in San Mateo? As one takes the ramp from eastbound Highway 92 to southbound Highway 101, the flyover ramp is about three lanes wide, and yet only one lane actually connects to 101. The other two create a very wide left shoulder, and then promptly the shoulder ends where the connector was never completed.
Could you leverage your crack investigative team to figure out where this ramp was originally intended to go? My little boy asks a lot of "why" questions, and the purpose of this connector to nowhere has become an endless line of questioning.
A The original idea was that the southbound ramp to 101 would split and send some traffic to north 101 like a nice direct-connect interchange. Instead, those plans were scrapped in favor of tight loop ramps that were much less expensive because they did not require buying more right of way.
Q Have you driven through Willow Glen lately? The stoplight/pedestrian situation at Lincoln and Willow is atrocious. Pedestrians, dog bless 'em, lolling in the crosswalks make it difficult for more than a few cars in the right lanes to turn, causing a nasty backup.
Can San Jose add a pedestrian-only cycle of the lights similar to Ninth and San Fernando streets to let pedestrians do their business? This may allow traffic to flow more freely.
A Afraid not. Lincoln Avenue is a significant commute and commercial corridor and has heavy demands from both pedestrians and vehicles. Adding a pedestrian-only cycle would not only increase the delay for pedestrians, but also it would require a no right turn on red in all directions, adding to backups.
Q My commute takes me north on Union Avenue through the Los Gatos-Almaden Road intersection. Union feeds into the intersection with one lane and departs the intersection with two. There is room for Union to be striped with two lanes feeding into this intersection. In fact, drivers sometimes act as if it is and double up anyway.
During peak hours of the morning commute, Union can back up for two or three light cycles to get through this intersection. Is there anything to prevent this area from being re-striped so that two lanes of traffic can queue up and cross the intersection?
A The lane on the north leg is just 20 feet wide and needs to be at least 24 feet to handle two lanes. This is why only one lane is striped in the south leg.
Q As you merge on 101 north from Moffett Boulevard in Mountain View, there is about a 50-foot-long and 6-foot-wide section that is rough and has potholes. Are they going to repave that section when they do the rest of 101 in that area?
A Yep, in June.
Q Is there anything in the works for Highway 84/Thornton Avenue in Fremont? It's by far the worst street I have ever seen in any city in my life, and that is a very long time.
A Hang in there. Repairs are planned this summer in all lanes.