Question: A recent road rage incident described in your column reminded me of a similar experience I had on Interstate 880. I was followed, I had no idea who they were, but I did not want to stop, and I did not want to drive. to my office.
So I got off at the W. Winton Avenue exit and parked in front of the Hayward Police Department entrance. The other other car followed me, parked behind me, and 2 men got out and started approaching me (I stayed in my vehicle and honked at my horn). When a couple of officers got out, the men got back in their car and left.
We have other police stations located near highway exits: Oakland PD at Broadway at 880, Alameda County Sheriff’s substation at 150th Avenue exit at 580, Santa Clara County Sheriff at N. First St. exit from 880, CHP offices at Whipple in Union City and Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, just to name a few.
What does it take to put a star, a shield, a sign on highway exit signs to let everyone know there is a law enforcement office at that exit? That way, everyone who uses the freeway would know. If it only helps one person, it would be worth it.
A: You have a good idea here, and it can happen as older signs are replaced. For now, check ahead to know where police stations are located on your familiar routes.
Question: Due to construction barriers, the transition from Interstate 680 to Highway 84 is very dangerous. The width of the road between the barriers must be increased. It is clear from all the markings on the barriers on each side that many motorists have hit the barriers.
It is only a matter of time before a serious accident or violent traffic jam can occur due to an accident. I’m sure Caltrans in all his wisdom will say the width is fine, but believe me, this needs to be corrected.
A: It will be. Caltrans agrees that wider ramps are needed. Highway 84 is under construction as part of the highway work and the 84 / I-680 merge project. Work is underway to widen and align 84 with a freeway south of Ruby Hill Drive and the I-680 junction.
Caltrans will change the westbound 84-lane to eliminate the lane fall where the ramp divides into the northbound and southbound I-680. The new stage will have striping, which will let motorists know that the right lane on westbound 84 is for northbound I-680, and the left lane on westbound 84 will be for southbound I-680 or Paloma exit.
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