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October 19, 2021

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Why never Bay Region streets seem to be having greater?

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Q: What is your perception regarding the point out of our streets? Several many years ago we passed a bigger fuel tax with the promise of urgently desired resurfacing and repairs currently being designed, but I don’t see any sizeable enhancements. If factors have been set on hold because of to the pandemic, I comprehend, but now I would hope a doubling of attempts to truly get a little something we can discover carried out.

Mark Milioto

A: Actually, I’m additional inspired now than ever. The pothole repair service cavalry has been out and reinforcements are en route. Most community streets and sidewalks are not in the ideal of shape, claimed John-the-MTC-Person, “but neither are they in the worst of condition.”

Bay Spot streets and roadways are regarded to be in fair ailment and the target is to improve them into the “very good” group in excess of the upcoming quite a few several years.

The superior news is that the higher gasoline tax income that cities and counties commenced obtaining a few of yrs ago has aided avert sliding backward. The bad information is that development has been very gradual more than the past two a long time and there is a prolonged, steep climb to get where by we want to be.

San Francisco tops the list of major metropolitan areas in the Bay Spot whose streets are in superior form, even though San Jose streets are rated truthful, and Oakland lags in close proximity to the base. Palo Alto, Cupertino and Dublin have the smoothest roads in the region.

As of June 30, more than $15 billion in further fuel tax funding has been invested across the point out. Higher gasoline taxes have allowed Caltrans to fix an common of 249 bridges and repave 2,100 lane miles each year. Which is a 39% raise.

New pavement has been mounted on Interstate 880 around the Oakland Coliseum, Highway101 into San Francisco, Highway 85 in Mountain See, and Interstate 280 in the Sunnyvale location.

Q: I was appalled when operating errands. I was at the rear of a automobile when the driver tossed a drink cup out their window.  Later at a end light, the passenger in a car in advance of me in opened his doorway and dropped a pizza box on the highway. What is the make a difference with people? No surprise our streets are so trashy!

Can I use video from my dash cam to report these people?

Rosalie Govek, San Jose

A: Appalled is as well kind. Dash camera movie can be turned more than to law enforcement for crash information and facts, but not likely for trash scofflaws.

Q: A minor chuckle for your morning from a website identified as “Sarcastic Momma.”

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