The safest lane for freeway driving at night: Roadshow – California

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Q: I read about the wrong-way driver on Highway 101 in Palo Alto involved in a fatal crash late at night. Didn’t the CHP once recommend how best to avoid these dangerous situations?

Michael Lee, San Jose

A: Yes, and I turn back to Hugo-the-CHP-Man who once suddenly faced a wrong-way driver on Interstate 80 near American Canyon Road late one night. He missed the fast-approaching car, which moments later slammed head-on into another driver, putting that motorist into a coma for six months.

Said Hugo: “Many wrong-way drivers go all the way to the right side of the freeway, or the fast lane because they think it is the slow lane. Because they are most likely impaired, they don’t want to get pulled over for speeding.

“Stay away from the slow lane, too. It is much safer to travel in the middle lanes of the freeway at night because there is more room to maneuver.”

Caltrans is testing extra warning signs and sensors to some offramps to alert the CHP when someone entered a freeway is going the wrong direction. Over the next few years we’ll see 2.5 million red warning reflector dots on state roads in an effort to stem the tragedies that occur when someone is going the wrong way. That means red reflectors every 48 feet or 1,100 red reflectors per mile on 10-lane freeways. Caltrans now places a single row of red reflectors every half mile on freeways.

Q: Our little town of Hollister is in an uproar. So much needs to be done to improve the roads around here. The widening of Highway 25 should’ve happened 15 years ago, as well as Highway 156. The amount of commercial truckers using these roads is enormous.

But Caltrans, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to add roundabouts for some reason at 25-156. Can’t imagine a double trailer using that. Who can we complain to?

Kathy Furtado, Hollister

A: Are you free tonight? Caltrans will hold a  meeting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building on 649 San Benito Street in Hollister,  where they may replace the traffic signals with a two-lane roundabout.

At the recent U.S. Open, officials gave the roundabout at Highway 1 and Pebble Beach glowing reviews. Many large trucks and buses used the roundabout, with no problems.

Q: Widen the southbound Highway 101 turnoff to Highway  87 in a couple of years? HOLY TOLEDO. This is California incompetence at its finest. Is this a county or a state issue? Where is Gov. Newsom?

Allan MacLaren, San Jose

A: Guv, get your hard hat out — pronto.

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