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on Oct 11, 2012
The road was really rough while they were repaving it. I wonder how many cars it damaged. New intersection looks good though. Looking forward to the landscaping and to someone demolishing those warehouses and building something beautiful and distinctive.
Oh dear. I hope those temporary lane markings were not placed in the final locations. On northbound San Antonio at Charleston, the right lane strangely morphed into the left lane; cars in the left lane suddenly found themselves in the left-hand turn lane ... and north of the intersection there's an abnormally wide left lane, a center lane, and a weird, narrow right lane that disappears into the verge. Really bizarre.
Heading east (toward the bay) on San Antonio, they;ve added a second left turn lane from San Antonio to Charleston. Is that second left turn lane necessary?
Just saw Caroline's comment. She is absolutely right. That lane jog is confusing. The whole new configuration is confusing. After Mr Roadshow called Palo Alto re: the strange realignment of the lanes, the contractor put in the temporary markings. But they told Mr Roadshow that the previous configuration wold be restored. Not quite true. While there are two lanes heading toward 101, the second left lane has been added. I never see more than 6 cars making left turns there, but I'm not there 24/7. WOuld be gerat to ear from the city as to why it felt this second left lane had to be added.
The city has referred to San Antonio as running east-west. If you look at a map, you will see that it is just a few degrees off a north-south line. By no stretch of the imagination can it be called east-west! But I suppose the erroneous direction and bizarre lane markings are all part of the same package.
"But I suppose the erroneous direction and bizarre lane markings are all part of the same package."
It's more likely a by-product of designating 101 as north-south, thus forcing the roads that cross 101 being designated east-west. My favorite is a stretch near Oakland that is both 80West and 580East, but really runs mostly north-south.
Re: "Heading east (toward the bay) on San Antonio, they've added a second left turn lane from San Antonio to Charleston"
There have been 2 left-hand turn lanes onto Charleston (towards Fabian / Middlefield) for many years. The signage and signal lights makes this clear.
But their temporary lane markers were completely incorrect and confusing for the first week or two. I believe they improved it about a week ago.
The sign for the second left turn lane are new, as is the new second left turn lane. The two lanes heading to 101 used to jog slightly left. They now jog slightly right. The new yellow marker directing the lanes going to 101 is also new.
To totally beat a dead horse, Google Maps w/streetview can show you a somewhat historical picture of the two left-hand turn lanes towards Fabian/Middlefield:
Were you referring to turning some other direction, perhaps towards BestBuy / Costco?
In any case, I'm glad the temporary striping snafu has been improved.
Let me add to the 'what are they thinking' comments on the new striping. I drove down (up, over, whatever :-) ) San Antonio this weekend and saw that they have added "sharrows" in the right traffic lane but not marked the wide, former bike lane as such. Are they kidding? I am a cyclist who does not hesitate to exert my right to be in a lane when needed but there is no way I'm going to be in the 'car' lane on San Antonio when there is a nice, smooth thing that looks like a bike lane next to it.
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