The Mercury News Weekend : 2021-01-01

News : 2 : A2


A2 111 FRIDAY, JANUARY 1, 2021 BAY AREA NEUS GROUP hrowan@bayareanew­ MR. ROAcSHOW Caltrans finds way to light up roads for the new year Q Kudos to Caltrans for installing the new LED lighting on Interstate 880 between San Jose and Richmond. In the rain and dark, the lights are awesome compared to before they were turned on. My drive is much safer. — Rob A., Gilroy A A toll taker Si Si tions from Highway 4 to Han was killed the Carquinez Bridge and there when a box will use high-reflective truck driven by a material for road stripdrunk­en driver, ing. These stripes will be who had also 6-inch-wide thermoplas­been smoking pot, tic, expected to last up to slammed into a six years, compared with line of cars and painted stripes that have then demolished a life of about one year. her toll booth. She The new striping is also was killed instantly. embedded with tiny glass There are no immibeads that reflect light. nent plans to install a This makes the lane marknew booth as bridge ofings more visible. About ficials say there is no ev16,000 miles of highway Happy New Year. idence that one extra lanes have been restriped This should be a wellane will help with trafwith this method, slightly comed improvemen­t fic when the metering under one-third of the across the state, where lights are on during comlane miles of state roads about 90% of Caltrans mute times, and it would across California. high-pressure sodium cost $100,000 to replace Q lights have been conit. Plus, in a few years, I see more traffic verted to LEDs, which most toll booths will be lights being turned last about 15 years comremoved as the state goes away from their original pared with four years for to open-road tolling when position. I hope it’s not a the older bulbs. As you all tolls will be paid pritrend some idiots started. note, they provide greater marily through FasTrak. — Kin Wong visibility, longer life and Q an annual savings of I keep waiting for inabout $5.7 million in reterstate 80 to be replacemen­t and energy paved between San Francosts. cisco and Sacramento. Any chance my wait will soon end? Q As a daily Bay Bridge commuter, a question I have is why has the one toll booth that’s been closed for over a year not been repaired and put back into service? — Venceslau Silveira A It’s been closed for three years, since A — Phil Castillo, San Francisco Be patient a little longer. In three years, the state will begin paving I-80 toward Sacramento. But in a year, Caltrans will begin work on paving in both direc- Aary Richards COLUMNIST No. Traffic engineers sometimes shift signals slightly to make it clear what lanes they are controllin­g. They also use yellow frames called reflective backplates to make them stand out so that motorists can see the signals. Look for Gary Richards at mr.roadshow, or contact him at mrroadshow@ bayareanew­ or 408-920- 5335.