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Lane Shift at merge on 101/Oregon/Embarcadero NB

Original post made by Driver, Palo Verde, on Mar 17, 2017

Without warning us in advance, big lane shift at merge onto 101 NB. Be careful everyone.

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Posted by Driver
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 18, 2017 at 4:59 pm


This merge appeared overnight and is very different to what used to be there. I did it in heavy traffic for the first time and everyone had to slow down, but if there was less traffic it just might be confusing for those who don't know it is there. Caltrans has just altered the lanes shifting them to the far left. There appears to be no difference on SB.

Please, anyone doing this for the first time, particularly in the dark, be extra cautious.


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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 18, 2017 at 5:19 pm

This is a construction zone (even if it lasts for years). Aren't you required by law to slow down in construction zones since there will be more distractions than normal freeways?


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Posted by Sighing
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Mar 18, 2017 at 6:02 pm

This is beyond stupid, beyond dangerous: it is absolutely reckless on the part of the department that did it.

May they be held fully liable for any injury or death this causes!


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 19, 2017 at 12:18 am

As I approached that area northbound on 101 this evening, I was greeted
by half a dozen large flashing amber message signs, shouting, and I quote:

CAUTION
CAUTION
CAUTION

LANE SHIFT
AHEAD

CAUTION
CAUTION
CAUTION

SHORT
MERGE
AHEAD

CAUTION
CAUTION
CAUTION

That was enough for me to put down my Kentucky Fried Chicken.
What more warning do you want?


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Posted by resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Mar 19, 2017 at 5:59 am

Your "tax dollars at work"
I bet the decision to build the bridge and the lane closure has caused more disaster, death, and damage to the economy than the remote chance of a few houses in East Palo Alto being flooded ever could.
Delusional, overfed and bloated bureaucrats are pulling the strings and no one cares to fight them.
Your "tax dollars at work".


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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 19, 2017 at 11:11 am

Does anyone know when Hwy 101 construction around Palo Alto will be completed? I thought that I read a sign somewhere that said that the expected completion date was December 2016.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 19, 2017 at 1:42 pm

To keep eight lanes of 101 open the whole time, Caltrans is replacing the bridge in thirds.

In summer of 2015 they did the western-most lanes, shifting both directions of highway traffic towards the bay.

In summer of 2016 they did lanes nearest the median, moving southbound traffic onto the 2015 constructed width.

In summer of 2017 they are doing the lanes closest to the bay, presently shifting northbound traffic toward the median onto the 2016 constructed width.

The frontage-road bridges on both sides are also planned to be completed this season.

The real bridge-building work down in the creek is limited to dates between June 1 and October 15 of each year (which I've loosely called "summer"). Topside work can continue all year, weather permitting. Lane reconfigurations will take awhile after bridge completion, five lanes each direction, plus shoulders, and rebuilding the median barrier. Probably spring of 2018 before all the finishing touches are in place.

This bridge was originally built in 1931, and last widened in 1957. It was overdue for replacement.


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Posted by bemused
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 19, 2017 at 10:58 pm

@resident, To date, Palo Alto has suffered far more from flooding of the San Francisquito than East Palo Alto: Web Link. Your facts are off, but your prejudice is right on target: if it were just homes in East Palo Alto being flooded, few would have cared.


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Posted by Plane Speaker
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 20, 2017 at 12:09 pm

I guess I don't see much of a problem ... it is so much better than it used to be for many years not so long ago.


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