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Mailbag: Flooding on Highway 101, certifying radar use

Here’s a question from a Road Warrior reader: I have been driving Highway 101 from 37 to SF every day for several years (over 15). During this period, I had taken into account various areas of water flooding, such as the Corte Madera dip. The “dip” was the only major area that was concerning. Recently, there has been a major re-asphalting project for Highway 101, which works great in dry weather. However, during recent rains I have noticed that there… Read More »

Extended carpool lanes opening in Marin

Caltrans this week opened a new southbound carpool lane on Highway 101 in Novato and in a couple of weeks plans to open a northbound carpool lane there. Both are signs that the widening of  101 from northern Marin County to northern Petaluma is inching along, although closing the carpool gap will take years to finish. The new southbound lane runs from Novato Creek to Highway 37. The northbound lane is to open Aug. 9 from Highway 37 to Atherton… Read More »

Mailbag: Left turn lanes for turning or merging, not passing; green stuff on 101

We’ve had some questions from readers regarding center turn lanes on city streets. For example: I thought the double turn lane was to be used as little as possible.  I live in Northwest Santa Rosa and usually use Piner Road to get to 101.  I often see drivers traveling quite far in the center turn lane, but occasionally it seems that the driver thinks the lane is an additional travel lane until they reach an intersection, where they merge into… Read More »

Mailbag: Caltrans likes reader’s idea

Here’s a question from a reader: Is it possible for Caltrans to temporarily put one of the lit signs up in the median or somewhere noticeable at the beginning of both north and southbound reduced-speed areas in Novato on Highway 101? The signs are very hard to notice, which makes most people either forget or not be aware of the 55-mph construction speed. Therefore they are constantly tailgating because they aren’t aware the person in front of them is trying… Read More »