Q I'm really peeved that work on Highway 101 at Highway 85 and Shoreline Boulevard has just stopped. ... When will they finish this project? It is maddening. My stomach turns in knots every day as I drive south around 4:30 p.m. and anticipate the mess where it can take me 20 minutes to go five miles. ... It's been so long that the weeds are growing tall in the cracks where the new lanes will be! ... This nightmare has been going for what? Three years now? ... Thanks for any update. At least knowing the end will make the nightmare a little more palatable.

Phil L., Carol Moholt, Chris Meunier and more

A The nightmare is near an end. Truly!

Caltrans will start paving 101 around May 12 and is shooting to complete paving and widening before July 4. This $72 million job will add auxiliary lanes in both directions along 101 from 85 to Embarcadero Road. There will be some minor ramp work and other items to complete later in the summer.

Bernie-the-Caltrans-Man says "people are under the impression that because it's warm out that we should be paving, but the nighttime temperatures are still too cold. This paving is of rubberized hot mix asphalt that requires a minimum temperature of 55 degrees."

Q Why do parking lot people put electric vehicle chargers in prime spaces right up front?

Don Phillips

San Jose

A For this I turn to a new Roadshow consultant -- Tor-the-EV-Installer:

"The biggest complaint we get from non-EV drivers is that the charging spaces always seem to be right in the middle of the best part of the lot, or right in front of the main entrance. Spaces that are usually coveted/occupied by early arrivals are suddenly off limits and it causes friction.

"More than once I've seen an irate non-EV driver park in the charging spots that were formerly 'theirs' and get towed as a result, causing people to be upset on all sides.

"The truth is that most employees who use EV charging don't care where they're located and would be more than happy to walk from the far side of the lot if it meant less conflict and less instances of gas cars parking in the charging spots. Unfortunately, having seen the money involved in all these charger projects, the reason for the placement is simple: running electric lines to the far corners of the lot can triple or quadruple the cost of the project.

"The best power with the shortest runs (and thus the least amount of trenching and other expensive labor parts) is usually right up front against the building, so that's where they end up. It's not that EV owners are getting preferential treatment; it's usually the only affordable place to locate chargers."

Q I'm calling on behalf of my two daughters, who are 9 and 6. Every morning we drive to school along Foxworthy Avenue. It is so bumpy that when we hit one rough spot, it scratched one of their favorite CDs. They then said: "Mommy, call Mr. Roadshow."

Can you find out for my daughters when they will repair Foxworthy?

Linda Hutchins-Knowles

A Tell the girls to protect their CDs. Repaving is not planned at this time.

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