Category Archives: congestion

Lane confusion in Soquel Village needs clearing up, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: As you proceed down Old San Jose Road and enter the village of Soquel, there are initially two lanes but as you approach the stoplight heading south there are three lines. There is a left turn … Continue reading

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Cyclists must pull over when traffic backs up behind them

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I have driven down and up the San Jose-Soquel road nearly daily for over 10 years from our fruit ranch on Skyland near Summit, either hauling fruit in a 2-1/2 ton Isuzu NPR stake side — … Continue reading

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Readers question new ‘Give Me 3’ law

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I think the new ‘Three feet for safety’ law is a good idea. I have a question about its practical application. On a two lane road, for instance Highway 9, when I find a clear spot … Continue reading

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Soquel Village road striping temporary

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I don’t know what you have written about the road construction in Soquel Village, but I drove through today and realized that the right turn lane from southbound Porter Avenue to westbound Soquel Drive has been … Continue reading

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Preventing traffic pile-ups

This month has been a deadly one for big rigs on windy highways shared with Santa Clara County, our neighbor to the east. In two weeks time, in two separate incidents, two commercial trucks lost control and drove through traffic … Continue reading

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Reader questions senior driver course insurance discount

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My question is whether the California law regarding insurers to grant a discount on car insurance for three years when seniors take the AARP ‘Safe Driver’ two day class also applies to insurance companies based out … Continue reading

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Seeking trip tips, tales from parents

Parents and caregivers of children, please share your tales about traveling with youngsters. I want to hear your tips on ways to successfully get to your destination with all your hair on your head in the color it was when … Continue reading

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No easy solutions to put the brakes on traffic congestion

There are hot spots around the county that frequently draw letters from readers seeking a fix. Traffic congestion on Mission Street is one such topic that is never ending. Today, Street Smarts will address recent letters regarding the congestion in … Continue reading

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Helping traffic flow on Hwy 1 requires money

Dear Street Smarts, Q: The letter by Miss Roberson in last Monday’s paper supports widening of highway one –again. Instead, can’t the engineers at Caltrans design a better 41st Avenue-Bay Avenue-Porter Street interchange? For all the money spent thus far … Continue reading

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Drivers rarely yield for pedestrians at driveways, reader says

Dear Street Smarts, Q: My husband and I are daily pedestrians, walking two to five miles, for errands about town. We travel from Live Oak to downtown frequently on either Soquel Avenue or Water Street. These roadways have a lot … Continue reading

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