Weird lane markings on 101 puzzle drivers and Mr. Roadshow – California

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Q: The white lane markers on Highway 101 were recently redone, but many are crooked and curvy from San Jose to Mountain View. What happened that caused so many to come out like that? Will they fix the crooked ones?

Andrew Joice

A: Yes, but so many of you are baffled by these lane lines which are in the shape of a quarter moon, curved to the right and positioned next to the slow lane. You can count me among the baffled. I have never seen this type of lane lines.

Q: Driving on Highway 101 in Mountain View some of the white striped lines look more like boomerangs. Did the stripers have something extra in their coffee or am I missing some new way of striping? … Many appear to have been painted by a distracted crew. I am assuming there is a better explanation, such as causing Teslas to jiggle in autopilot mode perhaps.

Jamie Kotsubo, Nils Larson and others

A: It’s a mistake, reports Caltrans which said the contractor faced challenges in applying the reflective tape to the pavement. The pavement needs to be completely dry for repairs to be performed and with past storms, they were unable to make the correction. The striping will soon be fixed.

Q: Driving west on Highway 237 I noticed a break in the center divide and it looked like a mini-ramp perfect for the CHP to park and watch traffic. Am I correct?

Tony Smith, Sunnyvale

A: Yes. The CHP needs a safe spot to monitor FasTrak lanes, and maintenance crews can park their vehicles when doing road work.

Q: I read about the steep $214 fine if a driver is not in possession of their license. When I go to the gym a mile from home, I do not carry my license for fear of losing it. Is there a way to have a duplicate copy that I can keep in my gym bag?

Lynne Page, Sunnyvale

A: No. A license must be in immediate possession of the driver at all times and it’s against the law to have more than one. Duplicates are meant to replace those that have been lost, stolen or damaged; not to have an extra one for convenience. The DMV wants to ensure one license, one record and one identity.

Q: Piedmont Road has been a pockmarked nightmare for many years. I had hope for a fix with all these new taxes AND your promises of better roads coming up. I then saw no work scheduled for our main drag. Yes, we are in the far north corner of San Jose, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have feelings.

Steve Korten, San Jose

A: A fix is coming next year between Landess Avenue and Penitencia Creek Road.

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

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