Q With the new major development announced for First Street and Brokaw Road in San Jose, do you know if the developer will be asked to pay for the "often thought of but never financed Zanker Road to North Fourth Street connection" to alleviate the traffic congestion the development will create?
A The answer is yes -- sort of.
Since 2006, San Jose has had a transportation impact fee for the North San Jose area charged to all new development there. One is a planned Highway 101 overcrossing connecting Zanker with Skyport Drive and Fourth Street. The city is now making the 101/Zanker overcrossing a high priority along with 101/Mabury near the new Berryessa BART station.
The tenant for development at First and Brokaw will submit a plan to minimize traffic impacts through a variety of measures -- encouraging workers to ride light rail, bike on the Guadalupe River Trail and take shuttles to Caltrain and BART.
Q Are there any plans to improve Commercial Street in San Jose between Berryessa and Oakland roads and Interstate 880?
A Yes, as part of the San Jose Flea Market development as well as upgrades to the Oakland Road/101 interchange and the Oakland/Commercial intersection. Commercial will be reconfigured to have two northbound lanes and one southbound lane between Berryessa and Oakland roads, making it easier access the Oakland/101 interchange. But when? Here is today's familiar refrain: Dunno. The projects are driven by funding from developers.
Q There is major construction on a large tract of open land at the northeast corner of Highway 85 and Almaden Expressway. It extends north from 85 to Chynoweth Avenue. The big question: Will the city extend Chynoweth across Alamitos Creek to tie in with Chynoweth east of the creek? Or might they extend Sanchez Drive north from Blossom Hill Road to the development?
Right now there is no through street going east from Almaden between Blossom Hill and Branham Lane. An alternate would do wonders in relieving coming traffic demands.
A The extension of Chynoweth to Almaden is planned but unfunded. The connection of Sanchez Drive to Thornwood Drive is also planned but unfunded. The extension of Chynoweth and Vista Park through Martial Cottle Park has been removed from long-range plans.
Q Will San Jose ever expand Coleman Avenue from four to six lanes between Hedding and Taylor? Every rush hour this stretch is a parking lot.
A Yes, there are plans to widen Coleman to six lanes between Taylor and Hedding. This project is considered to be of regional significance and is eligible for state and federal grants. But, said Hans-the-San-Jose-Traffic-Czar:
"I'm not holding my breath that we see this project get funded anytime soon. There is a severe lack of funding for transportation and a growing list of higher-priority projects."