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Striping, paving and Sharrows
Dear Street Smarts, Q: Although paving work was completed weeks ago, a long stretch of Mount Hermon Road before the road ends at Graham Hill Road is still without reflectors and a double yellow line. Many of the temporary reflectors that were set in the center of the road have been knocked out of alignment or are missing altogether. At night, add lights from oncoming traffic into the mix, and drivers are faced with extremely hazardous conditions. It was particularly dangerous on a recent rainy evening. Any idea when -- or if -- there's a timeline for installing permanent reflectors and completing the re-striping? Thank you. Denise Fritsch via email A: Done. The paint was applied Tuesday and Wednesday, according to John Presleigh, director of county public works. Q: Coming south out of Los Gatos on Highway 17, the paving is worse than horrible. The stretch almost to Bear Creek Road is patched, uneven, potholed and a generally miserable jaw breaker for several miles starting at The Cats. Is there any word on fixing this third world surface? Doug Crawford, Los Gatos A: Your wish should be granted today, according to Bernard Walik, spokesperson for Caltrans District 4. "Maintenance is planning on paving southbound State Rout-17 from Santa Cruz Avenue to the Cats," he said. "Beyond this we will be filling potholes as needed." Q: As a bike commuter riding King Street every morning, I don't believe we need bike lanes. Sharrows should do it but motorists need to be a bit more aware of what these markers mean. In fact, cyclists themselves are not using the Sharrows as they should but motorists ride King way too fast. They need to slow down and understand that with Sharrows the concept is simple: first come, first served. As for the horrible condition of the asphalt between Miramar to Bay, a few holes have been fixed up Miramar when they were working on it so that's a big help already but yes we do need more smooth surface mostly till Bay. Thank you, Ramona, for your blog Sandrine Sandy Georges via Facebook A: Sharrows were installed where roads are too narrow for cyclists to ride along the right side either along the shoulder or in a bike lane. On narrow roads, bike riders are allowed to ride in the middle of the lane with automobiles. Of course, there are other times riders may take the traffic lane, such as to avoid debris, to slower moving riders and cars that are making right turns and to make a left turn. Learn more about Sharrows and other traffic laws at www.dmv.ca.gov.
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