Q Thank you for warning us about road work on Interstate 5 at Buttonwillow. We avoided that backup on our last trip to Los Angeles by taking Highway 101 and will do so again on our next drive to see our grandkids.
A Glad to be of help, and now I have a BIG Roadshow alert for drivers on I-5 next week. Caltrans is warning of monster delays of up to two hours in Fresno County near Mendota, northbound at the Tumey Gulch Bridge south of Manning Avenue beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, when the slow lane is closed for pavement repairs. Add in delays at Buttonwillow 104 miles to the south and the state says it could take an extra four hours to travel through these two work sites.
Go to Caltrans' new traffic site at http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ for road reports across the state. And let me know what you think of it.
Q I live near the The Alameda in downtown San Jose, and I have been hearing for several years that Caltrans has approved funding which will provide a face lift and lane improvements between HP Pavilion and Interstate 880. Is this true? If so, when will construction begin? ... The Alameda is almost an obstacle course to drive if you try to avoid the broken pavement and large holes. I am among many that move to the far left or right to try to reduce the
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A Road crews are on their way. Work will begin next month on one of San Jose's worst roads. A $3.9 million project from Stockton Avenue to Schiele Avenue will initially focus on planting trees in new median strips, adding LED lights and new crosswalks that should make this road more pedestrian-friendly. Many left turns onto and off The Alameda will be eliminated. Once that is done early next year, repaving will be done from the Shark Tank to 880.
Now, let's head west.
Q Gary, any chance that someone will smooth out El Camino Real between Palo Alto and Santa Clara University? Trust me. This can be one rough ride, even in an SUV.
A It can indeed, and a smoother Route 82 is also in the works. Work will begin in a couple of weeks to smooth out southbound El Camino from Lawrence Expressway to just past Highway 85. This should be done around Thanksgiving. Work on the north side will take place next year.
After Labor Day, more repairs are scheduled between Santa Clara University and I-880.
Q Some of the streets in Santa Cruz need fixing. There are too many potholes, bumps -- you name it. Any relief coming?
A I am not optimistic. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission recently voted not to place a $10 vehicle registration fee on the November ballot that would have raised money to repair local roads.
Q What is the status of repairing Los Gatos-Almaden Road between Leigh and Union avenues in San Jose? The road is so bad it is like driving in a Third World country.
A Get ready for more paving. The city will soon repave this road, along with Ocala Avenue, Hedding Street, Quimby Road and Santa Teresa Boulevard. Repairs could be done by the end of the year.
Q For months we've endured work on Capitol Expressway, from 680 to Tully Road, with hopes for a smoother road once construction ends. Finally, it appears they are nearing a finish and much to my surprise, they only did a seal over the old stuff. This means the OLD bumps are all still there. Really, after spending thousands of dollars on new chain-link fences (which will be plowed down after 2-3 Saturday night speed races), decorative lights every 12-15 feet (again to be plowed down after those Saturday night speed races), my car feels like it has four flat tires at the stoplight, due to pot holes and bumps.
A Here the news is not so good. The county has made some repairs to sections damaged by temporary and permanent lane realignments that were done as part of the VTA and city project. But that's it.