Q It might be time to remind drivers that it is illegal to block intersections.
This problem is out of control near Oakridge Mall in San Jose where Highway 87, Highway 85 and Santa Teresa Boulevard merge. It seems drivers consider all southbound lanes as right-turn-OK lanes as they zip past stopped traffic, then turn into the mall parking lot, thereby blocking lanes as they wait for an opening.
The problem is compounded by drivers exiting 85 at Santa Teresa and turning right on red, almost forcing southbound traffic to block the intersection to prevent that. Frequently, drivers exiting 85 cannot enter Santa Teresa Boulevard due to all three lanes stopped across the intersection.
Was this just the price of driving during the holiday shopping season, or can anything be done by police?
A Cops won’t be out to direct traffic, as there are just too many areas like this to cover. It’s up to drivers to refrain from blocking intersections and causing other chaos on our streets.
Q On Interstate 5 south near Tejon, there’s a split in the road with cars going to the lanes on the left, which goes up a ramp and down to merge with Highway 99, and trucks staying to lanes on the right. Many cars go with the trucks. Why do the lanes diverge like that?
A Yes, autos can use the lanes on the left or right. The freeway is designed this way to provide a connection for southbound trucks on both Highway 99 and I-5 to merge away from cars to help the traffic flow. The thinking was that it would be…
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