A John now lives out of state but keeps abreast of the new ramps being built on his former commute, and comments from others such as the following:
• Overly courteous drivers are what is saving lives on Pacheco Pass. I know the area well and travel it often. The person who put the "Don't Stop, Stupid" on the side of the road is also the person who drives 80 mph and causes accidents. He or she is a classic example of what we should not be doing. The more considerate the drivers, the less accidents will happen.
• What the very mature "Don't Stop, Stupid" person doesn't realize, or just doesn't care about, is that if people didn't stop every once in a while to let people turn left, traffic would back up 20 miles in the other direction.
OK, John, back to you.
Q Here's why I posted this sign:
• There is no stop sign at that location for eastbound traffic on 152. Eastbound traffic has the right of way.
• There are other ways to get to Hollister - San Felipe and Bloomfield, or Highway 101 to Highway 25.
• When I did roll through that intersection during one of those backups, I was always treated by the left turners as if I was the one who violated them. I had the right of way!
• The speed limit was 55 mph - now 40 during the construction. If traffic went through at that speed, I'm sure there would have been less of a hassle created.
• Quite obviously, the people who posted comments about my sign never had to sit in 5 mph traffic for 2 1/2 hours waiting to get to the "Don't Stop, Stupid" intersection, turning a 90-minute drive into a 240-minute drive.
Yeah, I took the comments personal.
A I gather that. John made the Roadshow-Hall-of-Fame for his sign, which I thought was hilarious. The good news is that come next summer, a new flyover ramp and truck passing lane should be ready, the stop sign will be gone, and everyone should have an easier and safer drive over Pacheco Pass.
Q I was glad to read about the improved safety on Highway 25 between Gilroy and Hollister. I drove this stretch daily while they were making the improvements, and thought then that it was a waste of money. I had hoped that they were widening the road to four lanes or installing a median barrier. But all they did was to move the opposing lanes a few feet further apart, install rumble strips along the center and shoulder, and ban passing.
A I, too, was a skeptic. But the changes have worked amazingly well. No deaths in the past five years, injuries down by almost half and crashes cut by 24 percent.
Q Why did Caltrans close Highway 25 earlier than advertised on Monday? All of the articles and the signs said the road would close at 7 a.m. for the railroad crossing improvements. I tried to pass through that area at 6:30 a.m. to get through, but there was a barrier across the road and no workers in sight. If Caltrans is going to announce a closing time, can it stick to it and not close earlier than planned?
A You have a right to be upset. I'm not sure if Caltrans or Union Pacific is to blame, since neither could be reached Monday because of the holiday. But whoever is to blame, shame on you. Highway 25 will be closed until 6 p.m. Friday. Watch for detour signs.
Q I'm in slow traffic on Highway 152 over Pacheco Pass when a motorcyclist passes along the shoulder. Is it legal to pass like this?
A No. It is not legal to drive on the shoulder except in an emergency.
Contact Gary Richards at firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 920-5335.