Roadshow: Kill the freeway truck ban, says one fed-up flatlander

Accident on northbound 880

Laura A. Oda/Staff Northbound 880 near 23rd Avenue in Oakland, Calif.Q To those who think they have it bad on Interstate 580 when a few trucks go by, I say grow up. I live in the flatlands next to Interstate 880, where all of the trucks are, and I endure this 24 hours a day. When I asked that a soundwall be built, Caltrans said it was ... Read More→

Roadshow: 'Mathilda Monster' in for a fixing


Gary Reyes2013: Construction of the LinkedIn campus on Mathilda Avenue south of Highway 101, Sunnyvale. Q There are about 10 new buildings springing up near the 101/237/Mathilda Avenue interchange in Sunnyvale. Google will be moving into most of them. Any plans to improve the roads there?John FloresSan CarlosA Yes! Yes! Yes! Taming the ... Read More→

Report: California's drivers are the nation's most stressed

By Gary RichardsCalifornia's improved economy has brought commutes to an unprecedented slowdown from one end of the state to the other, making drivers here the most stressed out in the nation.A nationwide report released late Tuesday found that motorists in California's congested population centers spend nearly two work weeks a year stuck ... Read More→

Roadshow: Access points for Highway 85 express lanes don't include Saratoga


Frankie Frost On the San Francisco Bay Trail in Mill Valley, Calif. (Bay Area News Group) Q Where will the access points to the planned Highway 85 express lanes be located? Will there be any in Saratoga?Jim SuttonSaratogaA There will be eight northbound and nine southbound locations, but none will be in Saratoga. Northbound, they'll ... Read More→

Roadshow: Satan's feedback tickled readers


Rich Pedroncelli / AP A rooster causes traffic to slow in Fair Oaks, just east of Sacramento, Calif. Q Who knew Satan has a devilish sense of humor (Roadshow, Aug. 18)? It's this kind of advanced humor that makes me want to read Mr. Roadshow every day. Turning it into a conversation with your comments added to the humor. I suggest you ... Read More→

Bay Bridge metering lights will be upgraded (first time since 1974)

Bay Area Transit Workers Go On Strike

Justin Sullivan, Getty ImagesApproaching the toll plaza on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.More than four decades ago, Caltrans installed metering lights on the clogged Bay Bridge in a too-often-futile attempt to keep traffic flowing across the nation's second-busiest span. Now, the state has approved a multimillion-dollar upgrade ... Read More→

Bay Bridge metering lights will be upgraded (first time since 1974)

Caltrans has given the green light to the first major upgrade of the metering lights on the clogged Bay Bridge in more than 40 years.Officials said Thursday that the state will replace equipment for the meters just beyond the toll plaza, a $1.9 million project that will include 50 pavement detectors, 16 signal heads, five variable message ... Read More→

Roadshow: I-680 metering lights to be turned on next week in Santa Clara County


Gary Reyes, Mercury NewsEntering southbound I-680 in Pleasanton on the day in 2011 when metering lights were turned on there. Q Can it really be? I see signs that indicate Caltrans will finally turn on the metering lights on Interstate 680 leading up the Sunol Grade through San Jose and Fremont.Megan PhillipsDublinA Caltrans will turn on ... Read More→

Roadshow: Latest San Jose 'road diet' annoys Moorpark drivers


Jim Gensheimer, Mercury News A cyclist goes under Highway 85 along the Stevens Creek Trail near Creekside Park in Mountain View, Calif. Q Oh Mr. Roadshow, can you please tell me (and I'm sure thousands of others) who the hell thought of the traffic re-striping on Moorpark Avenue between Saratoga Avenue and Lawrence Expressway in West San ... Read More→

Roadshow: Satan claims responsibility for Bay Area traffic woes


Roberto Candia / APOn a break from wreaking havoc, Satan visits a festival in Santiago, Chile. Q Hi Gary. Satan here.SatanA Uh-oh. Satan surprisingly joined my online chat last week.Q Don't worry, I haven't come for you. My records show you have a lot of years left and are going to the other place anyway. Despite everything we've thrown ... Read More→