Dive bombers add to 880-101 merging chaos: Roadshow – California

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Q: There will never be a solution to the Highway 101-Interstate 880 mess. Why? Because as soon as it improves, there will be more cars, more people and more congestion.

The state is pushing aggressively for more and more housing to stuff in yet more people into every nook and cranny. Look how much 880 has expanded over the past 60 years. How much less congested is it now than it was then?

We will never outbuild congestion.

Paul Jacobs, Saratoga

A: This is Day Two on the terrible interchange at Interstate 880 and Highway 101. Since the early ’90s, 101 and 880 have both been widened with new interchanges at 237, Tasman Drive and at the airport. But regular commuters have a suggestion.

Q: Here’s my quick, dirty and cheap solution to the 880-101 mess. One of the major problems is caused by dive bombers. So, let’s move that problem away from the interchange. After Brokaw Road, give those entering I-880 a chance to move left, declare the rightmost lane to 101 north. Put in a K-rail barrier forcing that lane to exit and blocking the dive bombers.

Gregory Scott,Richard Davis and others

A: Dive bombers are easy to pick on but your idea has merit.

Q: I drive 880-101 frequently, and I always get through it with a sense of relief that nothing bad happened.

Duncan Keefe

A: And …

Q: Every day I take my life into my own hands driving south on 880 from Brokaw past the insanity at 101. I often fantasize that if they would only pull the carpool lane back about a mile, all off us who don’t need to head south on 101 and don’t enjoy the strategic planning required to avoid those entering 880 would be able to move into that inside lane well before the craziness begins. I too have witnessed folks who break out of the diamond lane at the last possible moment, cut cross three lanes and force themselves into the southbound loop only to find it’s not that simple — so they stick out and block two lanes waiting for someone to allow them a place in line. All the while being thankful I haven’t died in this mess after 14 years.

To avoid the chaos I have been known to sneak through the airport loop, but don’t get me started on how many single, non-stickered folks abuse the meter going that way. Makes me crazy.

Jill Prestigiacomo

A: There are no plans as of now to shorten the carpool lane. Many know about the airport shortcut and your fears.

Q: One afternoon a truck dumped a load of manure on one of the ramps. It was closed for a few hours and traffic on both 880 and 101 has never run so smoothly before or since. It may not be the ideal solution.

Mich Ravera, Fremont

A: A stinky idea smelled like a rose.

Look for Gary Richards at Facebook.com/mr.roadshow or contact him at mrroadshow@bayareanewsgroup.com.

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