Q: Every year on my husband’s birthday our family walks across the Golden Gate Bridge. We are planning to go this weekend. I would like to find out if the bridge has been very busy with people walking since we are very concerned about COVID-19 issues. We don’t want to be walking very close to other people. Also, will the parking lot be open?
Joan Rabin, Los Altos
AT: I love your tradition. Bridge visitorship has declined significantly during the pandemic, but there is occasional crowding on weekends and holidays. With dry and warm weather forecast this Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday weekend, I would expect a good number of walkers. Bridge officials will announce their plans today for this weekend. Check goldengate.org for updated information.
Any parking lot closures will be highlighted on a bright orange banner at the top of the page.
Keep face masks on, and maintain physical distance, as you normally would. Try to hold to your tradition, and be ready to make that celebratory birthday walk together belatedly, on a quieter weekend, if crowds make it COVID-unsafe.
Q: Why does the 10-mile stretch of Highway 101 between Gilroy and Morgan Hill seem so forgotten?
A major effort to rehab the road was made back in 2016, I believe. A cement mixing facility was actually set up in one of the cloverleaves. But this effort resulted in the patched areas being considerably higher than the surrounding pavement. The road was almost more uncomfortable than before that repair. Despite two attempts to repair it, you can still feel the patches.
Today, the southbound lane three is a mess. Some parts cannot be driven in if you care about your load or vehicle. My question is, why this road did not get more attention?
AT: There are plans to widen 101 into San Benito County in a few more years. But here’s the bad news. Repaving 101 is not on the list anytime soon.
Q: I have traveled from New Mexico and Arizona to California, and the difference in driver behavior is staggering. All through New Mexico and Arizona, folks move to the right when not passing. Not here.
AT: Here’s the way the California law reads: Any vehicle proceeding at a speed less than the normal speed of traffic moving in the same direction shall be driven in the right-hand lane or as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.