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Highway 87 paving will begin next week: Roadshow

Q: Highway 87 from Taylor Street to Highway 85 is an embarrassing disgrace, especially as it usually the first road out-of-town visitors encounter as they leave San Jose International Airport. Is there any hope that this section of 87 will be repaved in the near future?
Donald Barnett, San Jose

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A: Is next week good enough? On Monday, Caltrans will begin a summer-long job to repave the freeway between Capitol Expressway and Curtner Avenue. Work will be done at night and may close two lanes.
Q: I’ve heard different opinions so I wanted to get a resolution on this. Is it legal to make a right turn around a concrete island? Every day at the northbound entrance from Narvaez Avenue to 87 there are many cars that pass those patiently waiting their turn at the on-ramp and instead turn right around the island.
Keith Lyall, San Jose
A: You are in for an unpleasant surprise. Yes, this can be a legal move if done safely. Rules allow right turns from a curb as here. Campbell found this out a few years ago at Bascom Avenue to Hamilton Avenue. So Campbell posted a no-right-turn sign.


Q: My biggest road gripe is about the ticket machines in the parking lot at Woz Way and Almaden Boulevard. I have season tickets to the Center for the Performing Arts theatre one block away and I have been late for curtain time several times because of the unbelievably bad parking ticket machines.
The machines are inherently slow, lack adequate lighting, have hard-to-read keyboards, and often will not accept cash. There are three machines and, at the last play, the first machine was out of service, the second would not accept cash (there was no sign or keyboard warning about this) and I stood in line at the third machine for 20 minutes to get my parking ticket. Needless to say, I was late for the play.
Bruce Parsons, Cupertino
A: The city checked out these machines and found that the instructions on the screen should be clearer. For example, the machine tells you to “insert card,” when what you really need to do is insert and remove your card, similar to a gas station pump. They will get the messaging updated and will see if lighting can be improved so instructions and buttons can be read more easily.
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Knowing that drivers need to “insert and remove,” transactions could be done in 60 to 90 seconds. There is a phone number listed on each machine to report a malfunctioning machine. It’s true that the cash input can get jammed, but this is true of any machine that accepts bills.
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