Q My biggest gripe with the interchange at 17-280-880 is the confusing alignment of the ramps. When going west or north on 280, the far right lane takes one to south Highway 17 while the lane to the left takes you right or north to 880. That makes no sense and causes unnecessary last-moment weaving as drivers crisscross.

The right lane should take one to north 880. Doesn't anyone understand this?

Fred Cody

A Yes, and when work ends next year a flyover ramp will be on the far right to feed drivers directly onto north 880, while the exit lane to the left will take drivers left or south to 17.

Q Has any thought been given to making Interstate 880 south to I-280 south easier? During the morning commute, the long line of folks waiting to go from 880 to 280 north blocks the few of us trying to get to 280 south. As it is now, the only alternative is to get off 880 at Stevens Creek and then continue straight across Stevens Creek to the 280-880 entrance.

Pete Diemer

A The VTA knows this is a headache and some day hopes to have the money to fix this. But until then, no relief is in sight.

Q In looking at a map on the new interchange at 280-880-Stevens Creek Boulevard, there doesn't seem to be any way to go from north 280 to Stevens Creek unless there is a road under the flyover that merges with the north 880 exit to Stevens Creek.


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Don Gilbert

A Those traveling north on 280 or 880 and wanting to exit at Stevens Creek will use the existing ramp that is being realigned and widened. This exit will run under the new flyover ramp, which will carry vehicles from north 280 onto north 880.

Q The VTA map of the work being done at the 880-280 interchange shows the cloverleaf ramp from westbound San Carlos/Stevens Creek to south 880 being removed. But it does not show what replaces that access. Is there a left-turn lane from westbound San Carlos/Stevens Creek to the ramp onto southbound 880?

Merlin Dorfman

San Jose

A Yes.

Q While driving around residential areas in San Jose I noticed that a lot of the stop signs are hidden by tree limbs. Many cities are turning over the responsibility of maintenance of trees located on the strip between the side walk and street to property owners and it appears that residents are ignoring them (duh!). I can't tell you how many times I have seen drivers just blow through these intersections because they have not seen signs telling them to stop. Are there plans to fix these issues or do we have to wait until someone is injured?

Rich Wohlford

A The property owner is responsible to prune their street trees so that there is at least 14 feet of vertical clearance over the street. For visibility issues involving stop signs or traffic signals in San Jose, call the Department of Transportation dispatch at 408-794-1900.

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