Q Almaden Ranch has started construction at Highway 85 and Almaden Expressway. I’ve heard of some street changes, but what about freeway exit improvements? The center includes 3,000 square feet of new retail space and a hotel. With 85/Almaden exits already a mess, and the planned express-lane project on 85, I hope some changes are planned.
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Q Ever since Wal-Mart moved to Almaden Expressway, the Almaden exit (which was already terrible) became worse, especially northbound. Merging onto 85 from 87, I am met with a wall of stopped cars. It’s so dangerous! Is there any plan to expand the Almaden exit so cars aren’t sitting on the freeway waiting to get rear-ended?
A Thankfully, there are. The 85 northbound offramp will get an additional lane closer to the signal. There currently are three lanes on this ramp — a left-only, a left-through-right lane and a right-only lane.
The new configuration will have two left-turn only lanes, a left-through lane and a right-only lane.
A lane will also be added on northbound Almaden from the northbound offramp to Cherry Avenue to Branham Lane.
Q Why is there still a “no right on red” sign for making the turn from north 85 onto Almaden Expressway? I see no logical reason for that sign to still be there.
Mark Belluscio, Paul Catuna and many more
A Finally, happy news for the many who have hated this sign. The turn restriction will be lifted when the ramp is widened.
Q I drive daily through the Almaden Expressway and Foxworthy Avenue intersection and am wondering, Why is it that the eastern side of Foxworthy has one lane going right only onto the expressway and one going left only?
A When the new housing developments near Communication Hill started, the community on the west side of Almaden was concerned with increased traffic on Foxworthy and therefore pushed to limit westbound traffic at Almaden to just right or left turns. But the opening of the Walgreens on the southwest corner of this intersection has created a need for a straight-only lane.
As part of the expressway planning study underway, the county will bring this issue to the city to see if it’s OK with allowing westbound through movement on Foxworthy. If the city and the community agrees, a change could be made. Until then, turn right onto the expressway and make a U-turn at Koch Lane to get to Walgreens.
Q What’s the deal with the beautification project on The Alameda in San Jose? Signs say “Expected completion date: November 2013″ but it’s still going and going.
A Work should be wrapping up in a couple of weeks with paving to follow in the spring when the weather warms up. The delays were caused by a number of issues ranging from design changes to finding old railroad ties that needed to be removed.