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Roadshow: Major litter pickup coming on Bay Area freeways

Trash litters the onramp from Bird Ave. to northbound 280 freeway in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. The San Jose City Council on Tuesday took the first steps in holding Caltrans — the state agency that maintains the highway property — responsible for piling up debris. It unanimously referred a proposal from Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio to fine Caltrans or charge it for cleanup efforts to the city manager’s office for further review. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

Q I’ve been noticing that the amount of trash along Highway 17 northbound from Highway 9 to Highway 85 has really piled up recently. This stretch seems to have been missed during cleanups. Is there one planned any time soon? … The litter along Interstate 280 makes it seem that people in California don’t mind a dirty state. … The amount of trash is unprecedented and shocking along Highway 85 through the West Valley. … I am sick of putting up with this in my beautiful state.

Paul R., Lynda Anderson, Scott Jorgenson and so many others

A Caltrans has a big litter pickup planned for later this month on 17, 85 and 280. Last week state crews worked on I-680 in Walnut Week and I-880 in San Jose and Oakland.
And remember this: A Caltrans survey found that nearly half of all California motorists admit to sometimes littering along state highways, nearly one in five say they intentionally dump something on the side of the road, ranging from old furniture and appliances.

Q My husband gave up road rage for Lent. Those six weeks were so relaxed and pleasant. No tailgating, screaming, excessive honking etc.
Now that Lent is over he is back to his usual behavior. We have had many VERY spirited discussions regarding this ridiculous and potentially dangerous practice.
I would appreciate you mentioning the dangers associated with this behavior. Most men will listen to total strangers before they listen to their wives.

Teri West
Foster City

A The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that aggressive driving accounts for more than half of all fatal crashes. So:
Don’t tailgate.
Allow enough space between you and the vehicle ahead.
Honk only when needed to get another driver’s attention to prevent an accident.
Don’t block the passing (left) lane or obstruct the flow of traffic, even if going the speed limit. Allow faster traffic to pass.
Ignore gestures and refuse to return them.
Avoid eye contact with aggressive drivers as this can be confrontational.
We can’t control other drivers; you can only control your reactions to them. Stay alert, stay calm, drive courteously and obey the rules of the road to help avoid road rage incidents.
And memo to Mr. West: Treat every day as Lent. It’ll make your wife very happy.

Q Remember the sinking railroad tracks on Hamilton Avenue west of Bascom? They shut down Hamilton for a weekend while they dug up and re-did the support under the tracks.
Well, you’d never believe it, but the tracks are slowly sinking again. The bounce is getting more every day. Just thought that you’d like to know.

Bill Bartz

A Remember it? Of course. VTA closed Hamilton when they repaired the busy road a few years ago on a weekend and it created monster delays. Now, it’s sinking again and the VTA will soon approve a $3.2 million plan to stabilize the soft soil and make drainage modifications. Repairs ought to made late next year.

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