High­way 24 me­ter­ing lights could take a decade to fix

The Mercury News Weekend - - NEWS - Gary Richards Colum­nist

Q I drive High­way 24 and driv­ers exit on the of­framps and but then con­tinue back onto the free­way be­tween Wal­nut Creek and Orinda. There are signs that say no through traf­fic, but ob­vi­ously these peo­ple don’t see it. This causes more de­lays on the free­way as ev­ery­one has to slow to al­low these peo­ple to gain a few ex­tra car lengths. Do you think me­ter­ing lights will ever hap­pen? — Chris Sear, Pitts­burg

A Yes, but not any­time soon. Cal­trans plans to use money from the new gas tax to in­stall me­ter­ing lights as well as other traf­fic op­er­a­tions sys­tems on High­way 24. But this is in the early plan­ning stages and it may be a decade be­fore the lights are work­ing.

Q The Golden Gate Bridge is look­ing pretty seedy. Filthy, salt en­crusted and faded. What’s up with that? — Ann Foster, Santa Rosa

A Paint­ing the south tower is com­ing fol- low­ing a re­cent in­spec­tion. The salty ma­rine en­vi­ron­ment plays havoc with the bridge.

Q I no­ticed this last year and it got bet­ter, but it’s still not great.

Just about all of the cross­walk lights on Warm Springs Boule­vard in Fre­mont from BART to Scott Creek Road seem to ac­ti­vate no mat­ter if a pedes­trian is there or not. This was all day be­fore; now its seems to be ac­ti­vated at least dur­ing com­mute hours. The prob­lem is, even when there isn’t much traf­fic and there are cars try­ing to turn left onto Warm Springs, they must sit at the light an ex­tended amount of time.

BART has been up and run­ning for a while now. Shouldn’t they have the sig­nal­ing fig­ured out? — Benny Ng, San Jose

A Fre­mont made some tim­ing ad­just­ments last year on the 5-mile seg­ment of Warm Springs and Os­good Road, which seems to have helped. But the cur­rent tim­ing does al­low more time for pedes- tri­ans. There are fur­ther plans to co­or­di­nate all of Warm Springs but not for a few more years. Q For the woman who is tired of the lines at the Pleasan­ton DMV: Go to the Tracy DMV. It’s about half an hour over the hill on In­ter­state 580 in non- com­mute hours, and no ap­point­ment is nec­es­sary. There are never more than a few peo­ple wait­ing. — Mer­lin Dorf­man, San Jose

A My kind of DMV of­fice.

Q About other peo­ple slip­ping on those yel­low but­tons at cross­walks: Oh good, I thought I was just ex­tra clumsy. — Kim­berly McKin­nis, Mountain View

A Folks, be care­ful when walk­ing across these de­vices. We don’t need more nasty falls and bro­ken legs.

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