Q: The metering lights for Fair Oaks Avenue and Moffett Boulvard onto Highway 101 seem to be on all day, not just during carpool hours! And traffic is light and the lights are still on. It’s ridiculous because the FasTrak lanes are not even functional yet. Why?
Ed King, Sunnyvale
A: Welcome to our future. The metering lights for Highway 101’s cross streets, like those at Fair Oaks Avenue, will be on from 2 p.m. until the end of the FasTrak hours (8 p.m.) each weekday. This continues the trend of expanding metering light hours. They are also operating for longer hours on Interstate 80, I-280, Highway 85, etc.
Q: What’s happening on Winchester Boulevard between Lark Avenue and Blossom Hill Road in Los Gatos? Holes and trenches have been dug, filled and resurfaced in a never-ending story. And now, they have spread gravel on hot tar for another resurface, making the drive rougher than Highway 17 at Lark. Is the end in sight?
Ed Burling, Monte Sereno
A: Thankfully, yes. Los Gatos has been planning a big pavement maintenance project on Winchester and gave notice to utility companies last year and they decided to complete needed utility work before paving began.
Unfortunately, this led to one job after another stacking up in what seems like endless work. The good news is that the utility work is done. Los Gatos will be adding the final slurry and striping on top of that. The work will extend through October. Then Winchester should be in good shape for a number of years.
Q: As a cyclist, I make good use of the rural roads in the San Mateo County coastal mountains. Roads like this in the adjacent counties can be pretty bad, with patchwork repairs that are almost worse than the potholes they replaced. But the crew that does the repairs in San Mateo County are magicians. Their repairs are just seamless and usually better than the surrounding asphalt. I make sure to thank them every time I see them.
Steve Rempel, Los Altos
A: I’m certain they appreciate that.
Q: I just read your column about the medical problems of Giants announcers Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper. It brought me to tears. … My husband and I always muted sound when watching sports shows because of endless (and I mean endless) chatter, except when watching the two K’s. Besides being interesting, they understand that TV is a visual medium. They talk only when needed. They are in our hall of fame.
Rita Fleshman and Mary Essaian
A: Mine, too.
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