Q: While I understand why they closed the rest areas between Salinas and Gaviota, why did they close all three at the same time? Last Christmas I took 101 from L.A. to San Jose and really needed a rest area, but all three were closed. Now they’re not going to reopen until Labor Day. That’s a long time to keep all three closed, not to mention that it is very inconvenient for the public.

Mary Linduska

A: The original plan was to stagger closings, but COVID delays to starting construction, and delays in getting septic tanks and electronics further delayed progress. Unfortunately, the closures had to overlap in order to keep things moving forward.

Some relief is here, and more is on its way.

Shandon is now open. Gaviota will reopen in about a month. Only Camp Roberts will be closed until fall. These wastewater projects were long overdue and will help keep the rest areas operational for many years to come.

Q: Please tell me they are not installing a flashing light on Penitencia Road at Rock Creek. This beautiful neighborhood in the east San Jose foothills with nice homes, a pedestrian boardwalk and an ancient sycamore forest deserves much better than that. I’m not sure how this light was approved, but I doubt neighbors had a say in it.

Tim Spacek, San Jose

A: This pedestrian safety project was first proposed several years ago. The planned crosswalk location has changed several times due to neighborhood feedback. The current proposed site was confirmed after a community outreach meeting earlier this year.

After that meeting, the council office continued having conversations with residents, some of whom signed a petition asking for reconsideration of the crosswalk location. Based on these conversations, and a more thorough briefing about the project’s history, project suspension was recommended, as was re-engaging the community to determine the best location for the crosswalk. The purpose of the crosswalk is to provide safe pedestrian access to and from the Ridge Trail and Alum Rock Park, and for students going to and from school.

Q: Remember road trips before smart phones and Google Maps? I would pick up AAA maps for the states I was driving through and plan a route. When driving solo, I would write directions in big print and lay that on the passenger seat. AAA eventually started making fancy spiral-bound booklets with turn-by-turn maps on them.

My young adult children would not believe how much work it was to get somewhere back in the day.

Eve Carlson, Mountain View

A: Yes, so much map plotting in preparation for a trip in those days.


published 2022-04-28 20:00:34