Two little questions about things spotted along U.S. 101, and a suggestion about how to ease the pain as construction projects collide in Petaluma.

What’s up with the sign?

The question: What is with the electronic sign in Rohnert Park on NB 101 that states to turn Radio to 840 AM? It was on for a week, no message is on 840 AM.

The answer: Caltrans’ electricians were testing the sign.  In the future Caltrans will use the Highway Advisory Radio for construction projects on U.S. 101, but for the test, there was no corresponding radio broadcast, said Allyn Amsk, Caltrans public information officer. Watch for it to go live soon as construction begins on the Airport Boulevard interchange north of Santa Rosa and work heats up on the widening project in Petaluma.

Why is the median off-kilter?

The question: I understand the reasons for the cable divider on the median of Hwy 101 in Ukiah.  But every time I drive that route I am wondering why was it placed so off-center?  I really am not OCD, just curious. – Harry Martin

The answer: The cable median barrier was placed off-center so that it would not interfere with the drainage in the median, or with any future work to maintain or improve the drainage in the median. — Caltrans spokesman Phil Frisbie, Jr.

Soundoff: Why not restripe Lakeville (Hwy. 116)?

Petaluma’s getting pretty tough to get around. D street closed at Lakeville, the bridge thing, and of course the horrors of the Washington overpass and environs. One thing that could improve one thing: Westbound Lakeville narrows to one lane under 101 now until sometime in 2014 per the signage. At 5 pm, the backup extends out to McDowell.

A major improvement would be to restripe the lanes back to Marina such that the right lane is “exit only” for 101 North. That will solve some of the jam-up as drivers in the left lane realize at the last minute they need to merge right. Restripe, and by all means provide good signage – there isn’t any right now until you’re already in the soup. Put signs further back, please! — Mike

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  1. G

    Eliminate the #1 HOV lane and have it accessible 24/7 for all vehicles. This will stop the ‘NASCAR’ idiots from using it for speeding and tailgating only, and it will make the flow of traffic much smoother. If you’re in such a hurry to get from point A to point B, then plan you day more efficiently, and stop endangering the lives of others.

    May 14th, 2013 1:34 pm

  2. Mumbly Peg

    I agree, except I think that in general people speed because they like to drive fast not because they are late. Lots of reckless drivers lots of “broken” turn signals.

    May 14th, 2013 2:00 pm

  3. arh

    Can local government re-evaluate the commuter lane time and usage from Petaluma to Windsor? When I come home on Friday afternoons the commuter lane is hardly being used.
    It would be better if the commute time was3:30-6:00 or shorter.
    Also, from Santa Rosa Ave to Steele Lane there should be no commuter lane where the 12 interchange is. It’s ridiculous to have one there based on paragraph one. People are just getting on 101 to go 2 miles and getting off and it’s a real bottle neck. These are little things that could greatly improve the flow of traffic. Please consider and get that info to Cal-Trans. Thanks

    May 14th, 2013 2:36 pm

  4. Sam

    Eliminating HOV lanes will not stop the Speed Racers from riding your tail. They are strange beasties, them types. We need to study their habits.

    May 14th, 2013 2:44 pm

  5. Treeamigo

    Yield to the faster driver. If someone is on your tail, move to the right lane and let them pass.

    In many other states this is the law.

    May 14th, 2013 3:03 pm

  6. jon n

    The empty HOV lane will eventually cause more and more people to want to find a way use it. The amount of time and money you save adds up.
    Keep the HOV lane

    May 14th, 2013 4:44 pm

  7. Daily Commuter

    @ Treeamigo – It’s the law here too just no one enforces it. Much more revenue in HOV violations and speeding and much easier to win the battle in court.

    @ G – It not only has nothing to do with being on time, most people are just plan impatient or like peg said they like to drive fast. Is it really a big deal for you to pull over to let them pass? Actually the Road Warrior had a great article about this exact thing last week, the article had over 50 comments… pretty hot topic, maybe Caltrans and the CHP should take note.

    May 14th, 2013 4:57 pm

  8. G

    @ Daily Commuter, you stated: “Is it really a big deal for you to pull over to let them pass?”

    Why do you assume I don’t? I do! And I do because ‘I’ value my life and sanity enough to move over and let these entitled fools and law breakers get caught or kill themselves.

    My point is that with the increase in our population, and the fact that public transportation has cut back so many routes, and increased its fares, it has become imperative that we make safer roads for all to use, and that we increase the fines and watch more closely those who violate and endanger others and bring them to justice so they stop jeopardizing the lives of others.

    One last comment, GET OFF THE CELL PHONES PEOPLE!

    May 15th, 2013 1:12 pm

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